The latest opportunities to take action on climate change and clean energy to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.
As the Latino population continues to grow, and becomes majority-minority in many locations, it is more important than ever to ensure that Latino families have a strong voice in the decisions and policies that impact their communities and the environment that we all depend on. Moreover, it is imperative that the environmental movement better represents the diversity of our nation and reflects the solutions necessary to confront the legacy of environmental injustices that disproportionately impact communities of color.
Little by little, it is becoming more widely known that Latino communities are not only disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change, but are also among our nation’s strongest supporters of healthy communities, clean water and air, and a safe climate for future generations. Poll after poll, spanning decades, have shown that Latinos top the charts when it comes to supporting action to curb climate change and transition to clean energy.
In 2010, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) began building the foundation for a longer-term effort to engage Latino communities and leaders. We conducted research and polling, developed partnerships with Latino organizations and launched pilot projects in two states with our state league partners. It became clear that there was tremendous need and great opportunity for working closely with Latino leaders and communities to address climate change both locally and nationally while also proactively diversifying our organization and movement. In 2013, LCVEF took its efforts to the next level. Since then, as Chispa, we’ve developed grassroots organizing programs in Latino communities in multiple states and launched bold online and traditional communications efforts that are engaging, training and elevating new Latino activists and leaders in the fight against climate change and for a healthy future.