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

There are several things you can do now to raise your voice and protect your health and your community:

To learn more, explore how chemicals are produced across the U.S. with this interactive map:

Toxics Across America 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.

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