August 3, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mark Magaña, MarkMagana@GreenLatinos.org, 202-230-2070
GreenLatinos Statement on Clean Power Plan Final Rule
The Latino community has been nearly unanimous in its desire for strong government action to fight climate change and today we celebrate President Obama's announcement of the final Clean Power Plan which represents the largest investment in fighting climate change ever made by any President of the United States.
The long-awaited required reduction in carbon pollution from power plants will also serve to reduce dangerous air pollutants that cause and exacerbate respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and disproportionately impact the Latino community. The Clean Power Plan will protect public health while reducing our electricity bills and increasing good jobs through investment in renewable clean energy and efficiency.
Today GreenLatinos celebrates the finalization of this historic rule and significant step in protecting our environment, health, economy, and security in the 21st Century and beyond.
Declaración de GreenLatinos sobre la Norma Final del Plan de Energia Limpia
La comunidad latina ha sido casi unánime en su deseo que el gobierno tome fuertes medidas para combatir el cambio climático. Hoy celebramos el anuncio del Presidente Obama sobre la Norma Final del Plan de Energía Limpia, una norma que representa la mayor inversión en la lucha contra el cambio climático jamás realizada por ningún otro presidente de los Estados Unidos.
La tan esperada reducción necesaria de la contaminación de carbono de las centrales eléctricas también servirá para reducir peligrosos contaminantes del aire que afectan de manera desproporcionada a la comunidad latina y causan y empeoran enfermedades pulmonares y cardíacas. Además de proteger la salud y el medio ambiente, el plan del Presidente reducirá nuestras facturas de electricidad e incrementará buenos empleos mediante la inversión en la eficiencia y en energías limpias y renovables.
En este día, GreenLatinos celebra la promulgación de esta norma histórica y un paso significativo en la protección de nuestro medio ambiente, la salud, la economía y la seguridad en el siglo 21 y más allá.
Mark D. Magaña, Presidente & CEO, GreenLatinos
Contact: Mark Magaña February 4, 2015
Phone: 202--‐230--‐2070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREENLATINOSAPPLAUDOBAMA’S BUDGET CURBING CARBON POLLUTION Urge New Congressional Leadership to Stop Prioritizing Dirty Energy Agenda
Following the announcement of President Obama’s new budget initiatives curbing carbon pollution, Mark Magaña, President of GreenLatinos –a coalition of Latino Environmental & Conservation Leaders – issued the following statement:
“The Latino Community feels the damaging impacts of carbon pollution and dirty air firsthand – which is why we are applauding President Obama’s budget proposals tha will help address these problems. Unfortunately, the new Senate leadership has already made it clear that they will reject these initiatives, onceagain Putting the interests of their dirty energy allies first. Latinos will play a decisive role in the 2016 elections, and our community wants leaders who will protect our air, public health and stop catastrophic climate change – not push the agenda of dirty energy.”
Latinos Among Strongest Supporters Of Climate Action. According to a letter by a coalition of Latino Organizations, “Latinos are among the strongest supporters of climate action. Nine out of 10 Latinos want the federal government to take action to reduce the threat of climate change. We recognize that reducing carbon pollution is critical to protecting the health of our families and communities, and the future of our children and grandchildren. We must leave our children a legacy of health and opportunity not lives devastated by climate change. And we recognize that the U.S. has a global responsibility when it comes to climate change.” [Letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, 6/25/14; NRDC, Latino Decisions National Survey, January 2014]
National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Would Amplify Existing Health Threats In Communities Of Color. According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, “Climate change will, absent other changes, amplify some of the existing health threats the nation now faces. Certainpeople and communities are especially vulnerable, including children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and some communities of color.” [National Climat Assessment, 2014]
Hispanics More Likely To Live In Counties With Higher Levels Of Pollution. According to the American Lung Association, “Communities of color also may be more likey to live in counties with higher levels of pollution. In a 2011 analysis of the population and air quality reported in the American Lung Association's State of the and Hispanics were more likely to live in counties that had worse problems with particle pollution.” [ALA,Disparitie in he Impact if Air Pollution, 2014.
Statement for the Record from Mark Magaña
President of GreenLatinos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29th, 2015
Media Contact: Mark Magaña, GreenLatinos, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-230-2070
GreenLatinos make their presence felt on the issue of
Ozone Pollution in the Air.
GreenLatios are united in their concern for better air to breath, urging the EPA to adopt the lowest possible smog pollution standard as soon as possible.
WASHINGTON D.C. – GreenLatinos welcomes the opportunity to submit a statement on the record on reducing the acceptable level of ozone pollution in the air we breath. The level of smog affects the quality life of Latino children and families nationwide, since Latinos are more likely to live in counties that consistently violate clear air standards. The issue of our children’s health and the health of our environment is a topic of great concern for our community, including concerned citizens, local leaders and environmental advocates, who are testifying and writing to the EPA to strengthen the smog pollution standard.
In 2008 the smog standard was updated to 75 parts per billion (ppb), which is now known to be inadequate to provide a healthy environment. Ozone pollution is known to cause or exacerbate health problems among the most vulnerable in our communities, such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. EPA has the authority, the science and the moral imperative to lower the standard to 60 ppb now to protect the health and the environment of our children, our families and our communities.
Mark Magaña, President, GreenLatinos, released the following statement on the EPA Ozone Pollution Standard:
Growing up in Los Angeles, we were exposed to many natural disasters; wildfires, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, severe storms, but the worst natural disasters for me were the days that we couldn't go out and play because of an unhealthy or harmful air quality index warning.
For a child to be told that they shouldn't go out and play because of dangerous air quality levels -- a high level of smog -- is a societal shame, but for me it just became the new normal.
The days that we could go out and play, especially the days that I would go out and play soccer, I remember coming home and often crashing on the bed gasping for air through my nose. I remember vomiting in search of relief, this is a horrible consequence of a child going out to play, but for me it just became the new normal.
My best friend and next door neighbor used to have to bring his asthma inhaler with him wherever he went out to play and I remember hearing him wheeze and witnessing him having to pull his inhaler out to help him breath. A child should not have to carry around an inhaler to be able to breath, but to him this just became the new normal.
Now I have two children, my oldest daughter is two years old and I feel a cold sweat when I hear her have a coughing fit, vomiting up what little she has in her stomach for relief. I purchase air purifiers for every room in the house and filters for every air vent. It may have nothing to do with the air quality, but it may, and my wife and I shouldn't live in fear reading about declining air quality and the rapid growth in asthma rates among children. I fear that for her and children of her generation, air pollution, asthma, and lung disease, could just become her new normal but that is unacceptable when the Administration has an opportunity to do better, for many children like mine.
That is why I write this statement today.
I refuse to accept that smog pollution is just something that we must accept. I refuse to believe that this has to be my children's new normal.
A 60 ppb standard would be a step forward, it would follow science and it would protect our children and their growing bodies and lungs even more susceptible to ozone pollution. This 60 ppb standard would start us on the road to cleaner air so that our children would be able to go out and play without parents having to worry what breathing in outside air is doing to their bodies and health. With this new standard we have the opportunity to make healthy, safe, clean air the new normal for our children and for generations to come.