Partnering for Latino health and the environment
EDF has teamed up with the oldest and largest Latino advocacy organization in the United States, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), to raise awareness and action on the environmental issues that impact our health — like exposure to toxic chemicals, asthma and air pollution, and the dangerous effects of climate change.
Since 2013, our partnership with LULAC has focused on educational projects that examine how environmental issues threaten human health. Why? Because environmental issues often have a disproportionate impact on Latinos, as well as other communities of color and socioeconomically or otherwise disadvantaged communities. For example, toxic flame retardants found in everyday products like furniture and electronics are in the bodies of nearly everyone living in the U.S., but levels are highest in people of color and those living in low-income housing.1 We also see disproportionate impacts on the Latino community from outdoor air pollution: nearly 1 in 2 Latinos in the U.S. live in counties that frequently violate standards for ground-level ozone, a key component of smog that exacerbates asthma and other respiratory illnesses.2 Today, we also know that more than half (55%) of Latino-Americans live in three states that are already experiencing serious effects related to climate change: historic drought in California, record-breaking heat in Texas, and increased sea level rise and flooding in Florida.3, 4, 5
Throughout 2015, EDF and LULAC will continue working together to raise awareness around environmental and health issues and how they impact us, our families, and our communities.
There are several things you can do now to raise your voice and protect your health and your community:
- Support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits on harmful carbon pollution from power plants and a new rule to limit unnecessary climate pollution from oil and gas production.
- Support the update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a dysfunctional, 40-year-old chemical safety law that has failed to stop toxic chemicals from regularly being used in common household products.
To learn more, explore how chemicals are produced across the U.S. with this interactive map:
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Working together, EDF and LULAC will continue to educate more people about these important health threats, and work together to push for healthy, safe indoor and outdoor environments.
Health & Toxic Chemicals in the Latino Community
Health & Climate Change in the Latino Community
- http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/123-a56/. Accessed Mar. 2015
- http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6001a5.htm Accessed Feb. 2015
- http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/08/29/ii-ranking-latino-populations-in-the-states/ Accessed Mar. 2015
- http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report Accessed Mar. 2015
- http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/blog/2014/10/03/sea-level-rise-in-miami/ Accessed Mar. 2015