Raíces Verdes is a platform dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, in connection to the environment. Raíces Verdes is a podcast for healing our relationship to the earth and with each other.
Hosted by Samara Almonte, La Fresa de Rancho
Artwork by Dario Castellon
Feminists Frameworks to Climate Change
In this episode we featured Andrea Vega Troncoso a queer, dominican, decolonial feminist and climate justice advocate. Originally from Santo Domingo, DR, Andrea now lives in Lenape lands or Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently working at WEDO (the Women’s Environment and Development Organization), supporting their global advocacy work at the intersections of climate, environmental, gender and development justice.
During the first part of the episode Andrea shares with us what it means for her to work under a "feminist framework" for climate action. Andrea expands on the idea of "care work as climate work and care jobs as green jobs", and centering the lives of Black and brown women who perform care work across the world. Next we focused on Andrea's undergrad thesis as an example of looking at the climate crisis affecting the DR and other islands through a feminist framework. Her thesis looked closely at how intertwined coloniality is to our current crises, especially the climate crisis. Lastly, we discussed the violence that "Latinidad" or the homogenization of Latin America contributes to the further marginalization of Black and Indigenous people within climate justice. As people of the "Latin American" diaspora, we felt it is our responsibility to continue having honest conversations about our different positionalities based on race, gender and class within the climate justice movement. To learn more about WEDO visit https://wedo.org/
And to (re)listen to other episodes discussing the complexities of Latinidad and its intersection with environmental justice check out these episodes:
Imperialism & the Environment in Central America
This episode features Sussan García, the founder of The CentAm (Central American) Collective, an educational digital space for Central Americans in diaspora in the Global North. Sussan is a recent Arab Crossroads Studies graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi. She was born to two young Guatemalan immigrants and raised in occupied Canarsee land (Queens, NYC). In the episode, Sussan shares with us parts of her radicalization journey and how this led to the creation of the CentAm Collective. We also discussed how climate disasters disproportionately affect Central America and the communities protecting natural resources in CentAm. Lastly, Sussan walked us through the recent social media organizing campaign that CentAm Collective has been part of to bring historical context to the term "banana republic" and its ties to Chiquita banana company.
You can find the resources discussed in this episode using the links below and to stay updated with The CentAm Collective's work:
Toxic Masculinity & the Outdoors
In this episode, Alejandro Lozano a Mexican Immigrant Outdoors Filmmaker, Media content creator for Latino Outdoors joins us to talk about toxic masculinity and its connection the outdoors. We discussed Alejandro's first interactions with the environment as a young boy through learning how to spiritually connect with nature with his father. Later in the episode Alejandro shares how he combats the social pressures from society that demand toxic masculinity from him, and how his adventures in the outdoors with other men of color have influenced his healing journey.
To learn more about Alejandro's work visit:
And to connect with a local Latino Outdoors chapter in your area visit: https://latinooutdoors.org/.
What other conversations would you like to see around gender and the outdoors? Let us know in the comments section on social media or email the podcast at email@example.com
Promo Ep: Dtocs - Ecofriendly tableware solutions
In this episode I interview Pallavi Pande, the owner and founder of Dtocs! Dtocs is an eco-friendly brand based out of Portland, Oregon specializing in compostable palm leaf silverware. Pallavi was inspired to launch this brand by her green roots in India, where she would eat from banana leaves as a child. The motto from Dtocs is "“Responsible living- towards mother nature, towards our kids and towards our community”. Listen to this special episode to learn more about Pallavi's journey as a business owner and what sets this brand apart!
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What our Ancestors Saw in the Stars
NEW EPISODE: Feel like astrology is apolitical? Well think again! In Episode 3 of Season 3, I had the pleasure of interviewing Giselle Castaño, a queer mixed race Mexican Jewish astrologer, currently residing in Duwamish territory. In this episode we discuss the erasure of Black and Indigenous knowledge in astrology, how we all embody all four elements of astrology, and what astrology can teach us about environmental justice! You can learn more about Giselle and the services they offer through www.gisellecastano.com!
Other references made by Giselle:
Portland School of Astrology
Indigenizing Environmental Science & Mutual Aid
Season 3 Episode 2: In this episode we have Dr. Jessica Hernandez, an Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She discusses with us the importance of indigenizing environmental science to center Indigenous voices and knowledge. We also discuss the importance of mutual aid for Indigenous communities, and the harm that "helicopter research" in communities of color can cause. Listen to learn more about Dr. Jessica's work and the two collectives she co-runs, Earth Daughters and Pina Soul, SPC. To learn more about Dr. Jessica, visit www.jessicabhernandez.com | Artwork by Art is Jupiter (@artisjupiter)
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This is one of my favorite podcasts. I share it with my friends frequently when they are looking for a new listen. It’s incredibly informative, engaging and thought provoking. As a white Latina, social worker and someone who has multiple cultures within her family I’m moved by the storytelling and narratives of these diverse individuals as well as the host. Thank you!! ❣️