Saturday, November 16, 2019

Latino Children Suffer Higher Rates of Asthma-Related Hospitalizations Triggered by Pollution

          According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, carbon pollution and other toxic chemicals have contributed to the growing asthma crisis in the country that now affects 1 in 10 Latino children and 3.6 million Latinos. The chemicals from carbon pollution continue to disproportionately affect Latino children who […]

Guest Blogger: Adrianna Quintero “Americans & Latino Americans to Tea Party: We Want our EPA”

Most, if not all of us, are applauding the fact that after a 16-day standoff, lawmakers were able to come to an agreement that puts the government back to work. While the devil may be in the details, and concessions were made on both sides, the importance of knowing that our country can meet its […]

Guest Blogger: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva “Latinos are Ready to Lead on Climate Change”

This week the Environmental Protection Agency took a critical step to reduce carbon pollution, one of the biggest (and still growing) causes of climate change. The EPA’s rule limiting emissions from new coal plants is the first step in President Obama’s plan to tackle what has truly become a global crisis. I agree with him […]

New EPA Standards will Cut Carbon Pollution to Fight Climate Change

Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that they would push for regulations outlined by President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to “cut carbon pollution from new power plants in order to combat climate change and improve public health.” This proposal would limit power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, which is said to account for 40% of the greenhouse […]

Guest Blogger: Andrea Delgado “Happy Birthday, Cesar E. Chavez”

The agriculture industry relies heavily on the use of pesticides, which are highly toxic chemicals that farmworkers and surrounding communities are frequently exposed to through simply doing their jobs or living near agricultural sites. Pesticides enter the body through inhalation and penetration of the skin. The latest statistics indicate that in 2007, 1.1 billion pounds […]

Green Hopes from the Next Generation: Young Latino Advocates Environmental Goals for Obama’s (2nd) First 100 Days

While watching President Obama’s inauguration speech, Andrea Delgado felt a surge of optimism. Paradoxically, it was one of Obama’s more somber statements that gave her hope: his acknowledgement that a failure to address climate change would be “a betrayal to our children and future generations.” The President’s message of urgency resonated with her. “Latinos get […]

Voces Verdes: Latino Leaders Take Stance on Environmental Pollution

Voces Verdes, an independent, non-partisan organization of Latino leaders advocating for the environment, has long taken a stance against the negative health impact that pollution has on Hispanic communities. Earlier this month, Voces Verdes and partners took their concerns about harmful pollutants to the White House, asking for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama […]

Guest Blogger Series: Jorge Madrid “Latino Public Health Professionals To The White House: It’s Time To Limit Carbon Pollution!”

Earlier this month a group of 12 Latino doctors, nurses, and other public health professionals from across the country met in Washington, D.C. to deliver a clear message to the White House: Climate change and carbon pollution is a serious public health issue that affects the Latino community – and we want the EPA to […]

Latinos Can “Breathe Easier” Thanks to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard

Today, Voces Verdes, Presente, the National Hispanic Medical Association, their allies and members applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Obama Administration’s release of a proposal to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants, which is critical to protecting public health. “Power plants release more than two billion tons of dangerous carbon pollution and other […]

Guest Blogger Series: Jorge Madrid “Why the EPA Is important for Latino families”

The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has long protected the health and well-being of all Americans, particularly Latino families. Unfortunately, conservative politicians are leading efforts to attack, defund, and in some cases even abolish the EPA. The American Lung Association warns that these attacks “ignore public health and will have dire consequences for all Americans.”  […]