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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Meet the fixer: This advocate connects green Latinos

*Why you should read this: Because there’s much work to be done to organize Latino environmentalists. VL By Grist Staff (1 minute read)    Ten years ago, Mark Magaña was a D.C. lobbyist, when the Bipartisan Policy Center hired him to rally Latino support for an ill-fated bill to limit corporate carbon emissions. As Magaña

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Recognizing an Historic Moment for Utah and Our Nation

*We’re happy to post this piece submitted by Utah state Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck because Mexican-Americans are native to this land and our heritage deserves protection. VL By Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, NewsTaco (3.5 minute read)     ​Last  week, President Obama...

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Poll: Most Latino Voters Favor Strong Environmental Protections

*The environment and climate change are going to be important battlegrounds for the next four years. Already, climate deniers are circulating “polls” that say a majority of people believe changes in climate patterns are natural and not...

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Miami of My Dreams

*It’s a contrast between the reality of science and people selling their homes near the ocean, and the politics of climate change denial. Trump’s pick to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, describes himself as a “leading advocate against...

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Bias Hinders Diversity in Hiring for Environmental Organizations

*Only 12 to 16 percent of the staff at environmental foundations are persons of color. The paternalistic attitudes of Liberal leadership has a lot to do with that. VL By Anthony Advincula. New America Media (3.5 minute read) ...

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Mayan Elders from Guatemala Traveled to Standing Rock to Show Their Support for #NoDAPL

*Meanwhile, some struggles continue. VL By Andrew S. Vargas, Remezcla (1.5 minute read)  While the #NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock have galvanized the US’s Native peoples in ways we haven’t seen since the height of the American Indian...

Friday, October 14th, 2016

North Carolina Latinos left homeless by Matthew await help

*The good news is that a group of Latino residents of nearby Raleigh arrived in Newton Grove this week with emergency supplies. VL By EFE/Fox News Latino (2 minute read)  Around a hundred Hispanics have been sleeping...

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Latinos Are Especially Hard-hit by Climate Change

*A majority of Latinos live in California, Texas, Florida and New York, which are the most affected by extreme heat, air pollution, and flooding. And 9 in 10 Latinos want climate action like carbon pollution limits. VL   By Natural...

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Latinos in America Are Far More Likely Than the Average Citizen to Breathe Polluted Air

*This is a top issue for U.S. Latinos – 1.8 million Latinos live within a half-mile of oil and gas facilities. But there’s been no mention of it from the presidential candidate’s stumps. VL By Jennifer Velez,...

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The impact of climate change on Latino communities

*The environment consistently rate among the highest concerns of Latino voters. VL By Angela Goldman, Bloomberg Government (2 minute read) During an election season in which terrorism, immigration and the economy have been at the forefront, another issue...

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

REPORT: EPA is Failing to Protect Low-Income Communities of Color

*This is distressing. In 2008 4.7 million Latinos were diagnosed with asthma, most because of environmental causes. VL By Yessenia Funes, Colorlines (1.5 minute read) The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report Friday (September 24) on the...

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: 3 Things to Know

*Indigenous communities consistently fly under the climate change radar. They’re mostly isolated across Latin America and they’re being affected in unprecedented ways. VL By Maria Martinez, NRDC Each August 9, the United Nations observes International Day of...

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Hispanic interns try to diversify audience for bird watching

*This is about shortening distances. It’s a long way from a knee-jerk “¿Andas mirando pajaritos?” to traveling the length of the western seaboard, birdwatching, making the country’s national parks accessible to U.S. Latino culture. I love the...

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Urban Heat Islands amplify global climate change impacts for Latinos

*Take away: “place matters in identifying the most vulnerable populations” to climate change. Read this piece. Inner cities, where most U.S. Latinos live and work, are heat islands, paved-over, radiating heat. The effects of climate change are...

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