Tell me a little bit about your experience as a boy in Puerto Rico and your relationship with the land.
My uncle has a house behind Yunque National Forest, and that’s where we do all the big holidays, everything from Three Kings Day to Mother’s Day to Holy Week, so that’s where I’ve definitely been exposed. that aspect. I’m also a Boy Scout, so my family is going camping.
And my mother is a big influence. She was a nun, and although I did not necessarily focus on religious ceremonies, she was called to serve. She’s also a scientist, and she has an ecology club at my school. She was a teacher there, and we did recycling when there weren’t many recycling activities.
How does the organization think about the balance between conservation and climate change?
I would say both are the same. Over the past 10 years or so, the Sierra Club has focused a lot on transforming itself into an organization that puts fairness and equality at the core of what we do. That’s important to realize, because for many years the environmental movement and the environmental justice movement did not necessarily work together.
When we arrive at a venue, we want to make sure we’re invited and insist on bottom-up organization. It is a spirit of mutuality and solidarity, we mingle and we also share resources. It is the commitment to transformation within the Sierra Club that allows us to be better allies and better partners so that instead of just leading the movement, we are expanding it.
We are an organization that aspires to be much better allies than we have ever been. That comes with a recognition of where we may have done harm in the past, where we are in the progressive movement and the alignment with other parts of the movement – that the right environment are human rights, equity rights, gender rights and reproductive rights.
You said conservation and climate change are essentially the same thing, but we are increasingly seeing that the two are sometimes in real conflict with each other, for example with offshore wind farms or power lines. large electricity transmission through relatively unspoiled lands. How should we now consider the relative value of each cause?
The climate crisis is the greatest threat in human history. There is also no doubt that whatever man does has consequences in the natural environment. That’s why I think the most important part is when it comes to developing the strategies and actions that science leads. So, of course, renewable energy projects can have negative consequences and impacts. However, that’s way less than fossil fuels.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/business/sierra-club-ramon-cruz-corner-office.html At the Sierra Club, there’s also a focus on Race, Gender, and Environment