Latin America is very susceptible to the damage done by climate change, especially in areas along the equator. In fact, the damage has already begun.
Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017 caused the death of over 3,000 people. Brazil and various other countries have faced serious drought and water crises. In 2019, uncontrollable wildfires ripped through the Amazon.
Latin America is home to some of the most stunning, pure, expansive nature and wildlife in the world, all of which are under threat. Seeing these remarkable landscapes damaged or destroyed is heartbreaking both to Latin American communities and to people with Latino heritage all over the world. With sea levels only expected to rise, Latin America faces a climate crisis that will undoubtedly affect millions, and potentially billions of people.
For that reason, it’s no surprise that some of the most inspiring climate change activism campaigns are coming out of Latin America and Latino communities all over the world. A 2019 study by Yale revealed that Hispanic communities in the United States are especially worried about climate change.
Traditional Latin American customs are often sustainable, which may be why climate activism comes so naturally to Latino communities.
Costa Rica has plans to be completely carbon emissions-free by 2050. Youth-led climate strike movements are particularly powerful in places like Puerto Rico, where the youngest generation has referred to themselves as “Generation Maria.”
Keep scrolling to hear from even more Latino voices, both in Latin America and abroad, who are leading the fight against climate change.