Gutted EPA Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of Latinos
Climate change is real and it’s happening right now. Our country is in danger, and Latino communities may be most at risk because of their occupations, where they live and their limited access to clean resources and health care. Addressing climate change is literally a matter of life and death for Latinos. According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Voces Verdes, nearly half of the country’s 56 million Latinos live in the 15 worst areas for ozone pollution, putting them at risk for premature death, lung cancer, asthma attacks, and other health issues. The same report found that Latinos—who make up more than 48% of crop and livestock production workers and more than 28% of construction workers—are three times more likely to die on the job from heat-related causes than non-Hispanic Whites.
Latino communities know the risks they face and they care deeply about the environment: 9 out of 10 Latinos want the government to protect future generations from the dangers of climate change. Our community understands that limiting pollution and harnessing clean energy would lead to economic opportunity, job growth, and healthier lives for everyone. The climate crisis will not go away if we continue to ignore it, and as a community affected most directly, Latinos must be at the forefront, making our voices heard to protect our environment.
(adapted from Gutted EPA Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of Latinos)