GreenLatinos is committed to direct engagement with communities, advocates, and policymakers in order to advocate for more efficient, equitable, environmentally sustainable transportation, and to build momentum for creating equitable policy that addresses and makes reparations for the barriers faced by Latinx and other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, both historically and in the present day.
By advancing transportation equity and improving accessibility, we can change the face and functionality of urban, suburban, and rural places, and improve the lives of people across the US. Transportation reform is crucial to reducing GHG emissions and upholding the provisions of the 1970 Clean Air Act, which has protected human health and the environment from the effects of pollution for the past 50 years.
Clean Transportation connects directly to clean air and water, and to the fight to combat climate change. About 30 percent of the nation’s carbon pollution comes from transportation. Latinx communities are disproportionately impacted by air pollution and public health issues like asthma, which come from lower air quality.
Clean Transportation at GreenLatinos addresses the spectrum within this field, from advocating for increasing racial equity in public transportation planning to supporting the development of new bicycle infrastructure to helping develop cleaner vehicles and infrastructure investments. GreenLatinos’ work supports the capacity of Latinx communities to thrive; improving health outcomes by reducing pollution and increasing capacity for physical, social, and economic mobility by improving accessibility and access to diverse transportation modes.
The working group addresses the current challenges and opportunities within the transportation sphere while centering equity and communities of color within the movement for clean transportation. We seek to expand our advocacy work into an intersectional sphere, where multiple policy priorities of Latinx communities can be simultaneously and holistically considered as new pathways for accessibility are forged via dialogue, knowledge sharing, and direct action.
As advocates, we are working to get the federal government to recommit to reducing climate pollution from transportation by encouraging the production of more fuel-efficient and electric cars and trucks, strengthening clean car standards, and supporting the development of green infrastructure for bicycles and other zero-emission modes. We support efforts by organizations and governments operating at the city, regional, and state levels to implement new biking, pedestrian, and public transit programs, and create more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly communities. Efforts to enhance energy efficiency, use cleaner fuels, improve mobility and transit service, and reduce congestion, can take many forms, and will require creativity and collective capacity and willingness to mobilize for change across traditionally siloed issue areas.
Transportation is the largest source of GHG emissions in the US. Making transportation cleaner and more equitable presents huge potential to create substantive economic and social gains, and to significantly improve health and wellbeing within Latino and other BIPOC communities.
GreenLatinos is committed to centering questions of environmental justice and equity within the clean transportation sphere. Together with our partners and allies, we have pushed to elevate the voices of traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised communities as we advocate to support the construction of green infrastructure, reduce fuel emissions, and improve transit accessibility and access.