Community-Led Solutions in Puerto Rico
August 8, 2019 by Christopher Ramirez and Kristen Ellingboe
Visiting with elementary students in Orocovis who talked to us about food security, composting, farming, and sustainability in rural Puerto Rico.
Part of the 100% Network’s mission is to foster a robust network of relationships between network members to create a multi-racial and multi-sector coalition that can elevate community-led and equitable solutions designed in frontline communities.
The Network works to carry out that mission through our field trip program, which organizes trips that allow Network members to visit communities across the country and learn from frontline organizations and individuals who are driving equitable, clean energy solutions.
Our fifth field trip took us to San Juan, Puerto Rico where we learned from Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico and other renewable energy and just transition leaders.
Proyecto Enlace de Caño Martín Peña shared how they are working with neighborhoods around a polluted canal in San Juan and organizing with local leaders for housing, renewable energy, and other local solutions.
One of the goals of the field trip to Puerto Rico was to learn alongside not only OBAE but also their community partners throughout the island about how they are building more equitable and sustainable communities both before and after Hurricane Maria with not only renewable energy but also food security and community organizing.
On our final day we visited with Las Playas Para El Pueblo, which recently won a more than decade long fight to protect a public beach in Isla Verde from development.
During three jam-packed days we learned about environmental justice issues and local organizing in Puerto Rico, participated in interactive sessions, and went on a tour focused on 100% solutions. We were able to visit El Josco Bravo (farm) in Tao Alto, Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas, Bortija #1 School in Orocovis, Proyecto Enlace de Caño Martín Peña and Playa Isla Verde (#lasplayasparaelpueblo).
The field trip group was made up of frontline and environmental justice leaders from California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, and Washington. The Network’s next field trip will take place in July in Montana.