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WOMEN KEY TO GREENING THE ECONOMY

Earth Day celebrated its 41st year Friday with the slogan ‘A Billion Acts of Green’. The grassroots demonstration is said to have inspired the modern environmental movement, and continues to inform and promote green economic policies worldwide, while attracting over a half billion people every year. This year, one of the main elements of the Earth Day campaign is the Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) campaign focusing on engaging women leaders in the advancement of a global green economy. More »

SI SE PUEDE GET OUTDOORS

The Cesar Chavez Public Charter School in Washington, DC, just celebrated the completion of a pilot project with Sierra Club to connect Latino youth with the outdoors. On a breezy November evening, students, parents, teachers and project partners gathered at the school for a celebration of the youth outings project.

The youth outings pilot project began in May when a partnership was established between Sierra Club, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Latino Coalition on Climate Change More »

WALL STREET JOURNAL MISREPRESENTS LATINO SUPPORT FOR CALIFORNIA’S CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE LAW

A recent Wall Street Journal article falsely asserts:

“a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that Hispanics are the group most opposed to AB 32. They seem to understand they will be first in line to get laid off when the law starts to bite.”

In fact, the PPIC poll, which can be found here, indicates the exact opposite. Latinos are the “most likely” ethnic/racial group to say “the federal government is not doing enough to address global warming.” More »

EPA: LATINO LEADERS URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT AIR, CLIMATE REGULATIONS

Latino groups are urging Congress to resist pressure to scale back or delay U.S. EPA’s air pollution and climate regulations.
In a letter sent yesterday, 19 Latino groups including the National Hispanic Medical Association and the League of United Latin American Citizens urged President Obama and Congress to oppose any legislation that would prevent the agency from enforcing the Clean Air Act. More »

THE LATINO COMMUNITY’S STAKE IN A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

The majority of Latinos are concentrated in urban areas in 15 states that account for 86.5% of the total Latino population. Over 80 percent of Latinos within the United States live in counties that violated at least one federal air-pollution….. More »

LATINOS, AFRICAN AMERICANS WILLING TO PAY MORE TO SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE

Latino and African-American communities in the United States increasingly share similar views on the negative impact of climate change and call for government support for a green economy, according to two recently released polls.

Polls say these results may be factors determining which candidates get these ethnic votes in the mid-term November elections. More »

CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER and CLEAN ENERGY: MOBILIZING AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE TO DEMAND HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS COMMUNITIES

Latinos are at the front lines of climatic destruction and environmental degradation, yet we are underrepresented in the public debate on climate change and global warming. Today is Earth Day, and it is an opportunity for Latinos throughout the U.S. and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to galvanize around an issue that affects public health, transportation and the quality of our air, our water, our land, our sustenance and livelihoods. As a community, we have a voice and vote and it’s time for us to assert that the climate change movement is ours too. More »

THE GREEN LATINO VOTE: OBAMA TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION

Fresh off his victory in health care reform, President Obama is wasting no time in moving on to one of his next goals: climate change policy.

The White House says it wants Congress to pass an energy and climate bill this year, but the debate is expected to be just as tense and drawn out as it was for health care. The president will likely once again be forced to compromise in order to secure key votes. Last summer, the House passed the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions and let companies trade permits to emit carbon, but legislation has stalled in the Senate, largely due to opposition from lawmakers representing coal and oil states. More »