Latino communities across the United States, from the island of Puerto Rico to the neighborhoods of Houston, TX, are experiencing the impacts of climate change in their lives.
We know that climate change is being caused by a variety of factors including the release of carbon pollution and other harmful gases into the air. This pollution not only contributes to climate change but also results in public health issues such as asthma in Latino communities who are disproportionately impacted by these pollutants.
GreenLatinos advocates for the protection of environmental policies and laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan, that are critical to protecting the health of our community and addressing climate change.
<< 124.4 million Americans, including over 45 million people in the 10 states with the highest proportion of Latinos, rely on headwater, rain-fed, and seasonal streams for their drinking water.
<< Over 1.8 million Latinos in the United States live within a half mile of an oil and gas facility, which emit smog-forming and other harmful pollution. An analysis found that this pollution is responsible for 153,000 asthma attacks in Latinochildren every year.
<< Programs to monitor and cut air pollution are especially important for Latinos in the U.S., nearly half of whom live in counties that frequently violate standards for ground-level ozone, such as Los Angeles County in California and Maricopa County in Arizona.
<< Trump and Pruitt are pushing to cut the EPA’s pesticides program by over 16%. This especially impacts the Latino community, as approximately 88% of our nation’s farm workers are Latino.
<< Yale/GMU Polling: "Latinos are much more engaged with the issue of global warming than are non-Latinos."
Climate Change in the Latino Mind
<< Latino Decisions (we commissioned this), Fall 2016:
Latino voters want policy makers to aggressively combat global warming and pass clean energy legislation
Climate & Clean Air Program Director: KeylinRivera@greenlatinos.org