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October 21 — Green Forum: One Earth

The CNI Green Forum: ONE EARTH provides a platform for community organizations, professionals, and residents to unearth issues and share best practices related to Los Angeles’s environmental movement.

When: Thursday, October 21, 2010 — 9:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Magnolia Place Family Center | 1910 Magnolia Avenue, LA, CA 90007
For more information:, 213.746.2966, ext 106,

  • Hear about promising models and research surrounding diversity in the environmental movement
  • Feel a sense of community and forward movement in our connected efforts to address equity and justice
  • Engage in progressive environmental education professional development
  • Find opportunity to share your work and learn about others (Bring your organization’s brochures)
  • Learn more about how we can continue to share and build with each other after the Green Forum

CNI Green Forum: ONE EARTH Panelists

  • Neelam Sharma, Executive Director, Community Services Unlimited
  • Shelly Backlar, Executive Director, FOLAR
  • Irma Munoz, Founder and Executive Director, Mujeres de la Tierra
  • Myrian Solis Coronel, Community Relations, REI
  • Juan Martinez, Natural Leaders Coordinator, Children and Nature Network
  • Ana Masacarenas, Policy Coordinator, Physicians for Social Responsibility

There are so many benefits to being in touch with nature— increased academic achievement, opportunities for employment, psychological well-being, violence prevention, healthier and more active lifestyles — to name a few. Likewise, there are many threats to the environment, from global warming to oil spills, that affect us all indiscriminately. The Children’s Nature Institute recognizes that without a connection to the environment, its beauty and complexity, there is a disconnection to its care. Together, we share responsibility to ensure the health of our environment. For a topic that is so holistic in its benefits (and threats), the conversation is often exclusive and homogenous, leaving out communities of color and low-income communities — ignoring cultural roots that are literally grounded in organic lifestyles. These communities are the most exploited yet have the most to gain by being included in the green movement, from improved academics and health implications to increased employability in the emerging green economy.

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