It’s about time that Latina climate activists got a moment in the spotlight. Mainstream calls to protect the environment and fight global climate change do not always include the hard truths about environmental injustice. But when these women call for change, they speak about the lived experience that is the result of inaction.
Bad environmental policy and failures to hold polluters accountable have a disproportionate effect on working-class people and on communities of color. The Latino community is more vulnerable to the effects of pollution and climate change because of where many live and work. 68% of Latinos in the US live in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards. And over half of Latinos live in states which are already experiencing serious negative effects linked to climate change, like drought, record-breaking heat, and flooding.
It should come as no surprise that more and more members of Latino communities are calling for action on climate change and environmental responsibility. Here are six Latina climate activists who are leading the way.