'Hispanics Living Green' Presented in Washington, D.C.
The release of a new book, Hispanics Living Green, was celebrated on March 17 at the House of Representatives' Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill. Hosted by Representatives Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ben Luján (D-NM), the event was attended by several of the people featured in the book, as well as dozens of environmental activists.
Hispanics Living Green tells the stories of 14 Hispanics who have focused their lives on respecting nature and preserving our natural heritage. Written and published by Charito Kruvant, president of Creative Associates International, and Sharon Freeman, president of the All American Small Business Exporters Association, the book's foreword was penned by Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope.
Kruvant invited attendees, as well as all readers of the book, to share with her their green living experiences—"how each of us tries to harmonize our lives with nature by respecting the resources we all depend on."
Syndicated columnist and bilingual media consultant Javier Sierra's most recent Sierra & Tierra column, "Living the Green Life" ("Viva la Vida Verde"), is dedicated to three of the people featured in the book: Juan Parras, an environmental justice fighter in Houston, Texas; Chris Vélez, owner of a biodynamic farm in California; and Alberto González, owner of GustOrganics, New York City's first USDA-certified organic restaurant.
"Hispanics Living Green is yet one more piece of evidence that our community is fully committed to protecting our special places and to preserving the natural resources we all depend on," says Sierra, below. "These biographies remind me of the story-telling elders of New Mexico, the recipients of a tradition of the community being the stewards of our most crucial legacy, a healthy planet."
Pictured at top of post, left to right: (back row) Juan Fernández; Luis Aguilar; Juan Parras; Javier Sierra; (front row) Kristina Ortez; Sharon Freeman, coauthor; Charito Kruvant, coauthor; Paula Boland; Jorge Rivera.