Environmental Justice Educator & Host of QueerBrownVegan
Isaias Hernandez was born in Los Angeles, California, also known as Tongva Land. He grew up in Section 8 housing, was a recipient of food stamps and lived in a community that faced environmental injustice. These firsthand experiences are where he’d eventually find his passion for the environment, social justice and equity. Read More >
Isaias Hernandez started his organization "Queer Brown Vegan" with a mission to fight climate change
Environmental Racism Speech - Isaias Hernandez Sanneh Foundation
Isaias Hernandez - Billie Eilish & Maggie Baird receive the Environmental Media Association's Award
Isaias Hernandez Overheated London: Why Plant-based? With Maggie Baird & Robbie Lockie
Isaias Hernandez is a queer environmentalist that experienced homophobia and loss of identity while growing up in a conservative household. Through his lived experiences and academic research, he was able to understand the ways in which queerness, ecology and identity intersect in the ways in which queer ecologies are able to sustain the future of the planet. As an environmental educator, he found that queer ecological histories such as queer ecology and queer sustainability reaffirmed that queer/trans communities play a huge role in solving the climate crisis. In this talk, Isaias shares what it means to be a queer environmentalist, examining the history of queer liberation in the environmental movement and how he was able to overcome barriers he faced in his life.
Only 6.2% of Latinos/Hispanics receive their degrees in Environmental Science. And yet, according to multiple national polls, they are disproportionately affected by climate-driven extreme weather and are generally more concerned about climate change. For decades, Latin folks have made large contributions to the environmental movement, such as farm labor rights, environmental policy and the continued expansion of the links between climate and immigration policy. Isaias Hernandez is a queer Latin environmentalist that resides in Los Angeles, where his cultural experiences shaped the way he navigated the world. His parents, who were born in Mexico, were forcibly displaced by the climate and economic crisis from their farmlands. In this talk, Isaias seeks to diversify the environmental movement by showcasing to young Latin environmentalists that they, too, have a voice in the movement. He shares the history and contributions Latin communities play in advocating for environmental justice and empowering the Latinidad community.
Can veganism save the planet? Isaias Hernandez, a queer environmentalist and vegan activist, truly believes so. He’s passionate about the environment, however his vegan journey didn’t begin until he was in college and took a global food system course, where he was exposed to the atrocities of the factory farming industry. He then decided to become an animal rights advocate and show the ties between human and environmental rights. In this talk, Isaias shares his journey, the importance of veganism, vegan capitalism, White veganism and the ties between anti-racism and anti-speciesism.
The climate crisis is an educational crisis. That’s why Isaias Hernandez believes there needs to be an investment in climate education that goes both through the institutional and non-academic forms of education to inspire future generations. As an independent environmental educator, Isaias struggled to create a career that worked alongside the intersections of education, social media and the environment. But he finally had a solution: queerbrownvegan.com is Isaias’ platform. It is an accessible, intersectional space that approaches environmental education. In this talk, Isaias discusses how climate education must be implemented in the institutional curriculum while building a cultural shift that influences young people to demand change in their courses. His platform has reached over 100,000-plus people worldwide and he continues to be an independent force.
Studies have reported that 59% of youth and young adults said they were very or extremely worried about climate change and more than 45% said their feelings about climate change negatively affected their daily life and functioning. Climate Change is causing everlasting disasters and long-term mental health impacts on young adults across the world. In this talk, Climate Change Mental Health Advocate Isaias Hernandez ties the intersection between climate and mental health. He created the Climate Emotions Scale to help people navigate their earth-related emotions that go beyond eco-anxiety and introduces methodologies for people to think about when talking about the climate crisis.
“Everything went well and smoothly. Isaias had a group of students who actively participated throughout, and his presentation's provoking topics provided a lot of room for discussions in the post-keynote sessions. We appreciate Isaias and APB’s help along the way.”
"I really enjoyed working with Isaias on our social media strategy because he was right to the point with actionable insights. Isaias’ ideas for our social content were novel and pretty much all ideas we want to get to work testing and experimenting. While the consultation was especially relevant to our social media strategy, he also pitched some ideas for our marketing and branding that I’m excited to work on. It was clear 15 minutes into our conversation that value had been delivered.”
"Isaias is one of our most important voices for the solution-based climate community. Through his ability to empathically connect the issues that relate to environmentally at-risk communities, he is a dynamic and thought-provoking speaker. Isaias represents his generation, understanding that the planet can and will be respected and preserved if we can all work together with legislation, corporations and community. Understanding storytelling and media, Isaias is essential to the EMA Activist Board. There is not an event that we don’t want Isaias on stage. His personal magnetism is the consummate representation for motivating action for all things sustainable."
"We were extremely grateful for Isaias's amazing feedback and advice for the Green 2.0 communications team. He is an expert influencer on social media and his advice was both clear, insightful, and helpful. I especially appreciated his advice on how best to post on Instagram to take the best advantage of the algorithm and the methods to work successfully with influencers. I would recommend anyone speak to Isaias to learn more about how to engage and expand your following in the environmental sector, which is competitive and hard to do."
"Isaias is dynamic, open and engaging. His story is fascinating and has considerable appeal for our students, but he doesn’t lean on that. His presentation style is very direct and authentic, and this helps put students (or anyone in the audience) at ease. During the workshop, he rolled with the relative chaos of a roomful of college students discussing the issues of climate and focusing on a specific issue they wanted to cover. And he gave them lovely feedback. He was very supportive and, again, authentic."
"Isaias is an incredible speaker and we are so happy to have him as a Contributor at Support & Feed, his knowledge of climate, sustainability, and food is remarkable. We are so thankful for all his dedication and work."
"Isaias Hernandez is an incredibly engaging and informative speaker who effortlessly captures the attention of his audience. His deep understanding of environmental justice and ability to present complex ideas in a relatable manner makes him an ideal choice for any event. Isaias' passion for his work is evident in every presentation, leaving audiences inspired and eager to learn more."
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