It’s always great to hang out with community activists and advocates who love their ‘hood as much as CoCo loves South Central. Last week, CoCo got to team up with Pacoima Beautiful to visit each other’s organizations, and it was just pure joy to be in space with this dedicated group of environmental justice warriors.
Pacoima Beautiful (PB) was founded in 1996 with a mission to address environmental and health disparities in the predominantly low-income and minority community of Pacoima. The organization recognized the urgent need to combat pollution, advocate for clean air and water, and create a healthier living environment for its residents. One of the key focuses of Pacoima Beautiful is environmental justice. The organization believes that every individual, regardless of their socioeconomic status or background, deserves to live in a clean and healthy environment. They work tirelessly to raise awareness about environmental issues and empower community members to take action.
Through various programs and initiatives, Pacoima Beautiful has been successful in engaging the community and promoting sustainable practices. They have implemented projects such as community gardens, urban forestry programs, and renewable energy initiatives. These efforts not only improve the physical environment but also provide educational opportunities and economic benefits for the community.
Education and youth empowerment are also at the core of Pacoima Beautiful’s work. They offer environmental education programs in local schools, teaching students about the importance of sustainability, conservation, and environmental stewardship. By instilling these values in the younger generation, Pacoima Beautiful is creating a lasting impact and fostering a sense of responsibility towards the environment.