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The Bronx River

As part of our special REI environmental series, “RadioNature,” where we explore people’s connection to nature and the outdoors, we take you to the Bronx, an urban borough bordered by the Bronx River. It’s the only freshwater river that runs through New York City. And for the majority of low-income Bronx residents, it’s one of their only connections to nature and a break from urban life.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

Radio piece and slide-show produced by Nusha Balyan.

Audio Engineer Matt Fidler.


Photos: Yasmeen Qureshi and Nusha Balyan.

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Radio Nature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI foundation.

The REI Foundation focuses on supporting efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature. Through this work, The REI Foundation’s goal is to help inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

 

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El Pastor Americano

As part of our ongoing REI series, Radio Nature, we take you to Southwest Colorado, where guest worker sheepherders are brought from Latin America to carry out one of the world’s toughest and oldest professions. Bolivian immigrant Eraclio Beltran is one of the nearly 300 Latin American shepherds in Colorado who spend months at a time in complete isolation, surrounded by the natural landscapes of the American West. Latino USA’s Andres Caballero reports from Colorado.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation. This piece was produced by Andres Caballero and edited by Leda Hartman. Voice over work was done by Rosalino Ramos.

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Along for the Ride with Damian Lopez Alfonso

Cycling is Damian Lopez Alfonso’s life. Since he was a young boy, he’s been riding the streets of Havana, Cuba… but not just for fun. He’s actually a fierce and competitive cyclist. But Damian doesn’t look or ride like your average competitive racer. We met up with him in an unlikely space in New York City.
Radio story and slide-show produced by Xohitl Dorsey.


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If you’d like to help Damian Lopez Alfonso get to the London Para-Olympics in 2012, go to PayPal and make your donation to teamdamian2012@gmail.com.

Gifts can also be made in Damian’s name at the Achilles Foundation for Facial Reconstruction or the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

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Radio Nature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI foundation.

The REI Foundation focuses on supporting efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature. Through this work, The REI Foundation’s goal is to help inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

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Cleaning Up the Gulf of Mexico

Even as BP engineers and federal emergency management teams fight this weekend to contain the leak from the ruined offshore rig Deepwater Horizon, containment and cleanup efforts are underway across the Gulf coast. The environmental damage from the leak is devastating: to marine and aquatic life, to marshlands and shoreline, and to the water-based economies of states still recovering from hurricane Katrina.

Annie Correal is a reporter on the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in America, New York City’s El Diario/La Prensa. She’s in Louisiana now, reporting on the containment efforts underway there. Maria talks with her about the Latinos working to clean up BP’s spill.


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Annie Correal’s reporting comes to Latino USA in cooperation with Feet in 2 Worlds. You can read more about the cleanup efforts and see more photos from the Hopedale Command Center on the Feet in 2 Worlds blog.

Yanaguana Springs Ceremony

Artist and writer Luis Guerra recently attended a Yanaguana Springs Ceremony in San Antonio — an enchanting place with “mysterious, ancient, giant oaks” and water that gushes from the subterranean aquifer. He felt the Earth was saying something. He hopes we’re all listening.


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An Ecological Race

In 1955 the Guatemalan government designated Lake Atitlán as a National Park with the goal of encouraging tourism to the region. Until then, few people outside of Guatemala knew about this pristine enclave of nature, home to indigenous clans and villages since at least 600 B.C.

To encourage eco-tourism, government officials made many blunders. For example, they added non-native North American bass (both small mouth and large mouth) to attract sports fishermen. The invasive species thrived, killing off large amounts of native fish and crab that led to the extinction of several bird species that had been unique to the region.

Over the years, over-population, tourism, and government inaction have taken their toll on the lake, home still to many villages where Maya culture is prevalent and traditional dress is worn. But many villagers complain of conflicting warnings by the government not to eat the fish or drink the untreated water. Others complain that the government, despite appointing a national committee to save the lake, has done little of substance to address the contamination of Atitlán. Even basics like replacing a sewage treatment facility damaged by a 2005 hurricane have gone undone.

Producer Maria Emilia Martin recently visited the region to see how dire the situation really was. She found concerned communities and people doing their part to save the lake. Yet few people, from local activists to international donors, trust the Guatemalan government to do the right thing.


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