Earth Care’s mission is to educate and empower young people to create healthy, just and sustainable communities. We do this through sustainability education, service-learning, youth-led community organizing, and urban agriculture.
We believe that young people have the inherent capacity to solve problems and that through the empowerment and engagement of youth, sustainability is within the reach of all communities.
We believe that the leadership of our community should reflect the diverse cultures, ages, and perspectives of those who live here. We acknowledge that the history of colonization in New Mexico and systems of privilege continue to impact our collective ability to achieve equity, build relationships and work together across cultures to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems. We strive to facilitate cultural healing and relationship building by recruiting for racial equity and diversity within our organization and our programs. We train ourselves and our program participants in anti-oppression, (de)colonization, and cultural competency, in order to cultivate cross-cultural alliances and a local movement for social justice.
We practice a way of thinking about problem solving where we see ourselves as influencers of systems rather than fixers of problems. Therefore, rather than go at our work alone, we build coalitions and collaborations throughout the systems we seek to influence in order to best support the positive development of youth and the sustainable development of communities.
We believe that the future of our communities and the success of young people depend upon our ability to transform communities in ways that are in harmony with the earth and its ecosystems. We see long-term community health as inextricably linked with the regeneration and health of our ecosystems, social and cultural equity, and economic viability.