This portion of the interview with Luis Garden Acosta includes a discussion about El Encuentro, a one day event focusing on a discussion about Climate Change in Puerto Rico. Garden Acosta shares with us that the former governor of Puerto Rico would be signing five consecutive orders pertaining to Climate Change. Various sectors were brought together under the Enlace Latino de Accion Climatica, also known as Latino Climate Action Network, LCAN. The plan was to build a movement in Puerto Rico that would mobilize and inspire Puerto Ricans in the diaspora to create major movements within Diasporas in the United States of America. The vision was to create a unifying network to put pressure on the federal government and others to provide resources necessary to save the island. Youth were part of event planning and participated the day of. Garden Acosta also shares that in the spring of 2016 El Puente has plans to create a young ambassadors program to go to Puerto Rico to work on Climate change with their peers in Casa Pueblo; an iconic leading environmental center, which has agreed to work with El Puente's youth. Students will get to tour the island to see what is going on, and understand their history while also meeting various leaders of social justice and political movements. LCAN has a goal of creating a major center in Puerto Rico where young people and staff from El Puente can build a bridge between the island and the various Diasporas in the United States.
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