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.