Protégete: Our Air, Our Health relies on community organizing, education, and partnering with community groups and leaders to elevate the voices of Latinos on environmental issues that are impacting our community. Organizers and volunteers go door-to-door in their neighborhoods, hold community meetings and events in order to build a strong voice among Latino families calling for clean air, healthy communities and a safe climate for future generations.
People of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution, and the Clean Power Plan is essential to capping the unlimited carbon pollution that threatens the health and future of our communities. Half of all Latinos live in the most polluted cities in the country, two out of five Latinos live within 30 miles of polluting power plants and Latino children have a 40 percent greater chance of dying of asthma.
- Many Hispanics and Latinos are already at risk from air pollution. Climate change is expected to lead to increased air pollution in many high-population areas, contributing to asthma attacks and other respiratory issues.
- The Latino community has been advocating to protect their families from climate change and from power plants and oil and gas pollution for quite some time, as we are among the communities of color who feel the impact of air pollution and climate change more than other populations.
- 83% of Latinos in Colorado support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and 92% of Latinos nationally agree that they have a moral responsibility to care for our earth, including its wilderness and forests, the oceans, lakes and rivers.
Local T.V. station Entravision talks to community leaders about how climate change disproportionately affects Latino communities in Colorado.
Read why it’s so important that Latinos and other vulnerable communities play a role in fighting for climate action.
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