(Video) 90% of Hispanics Want Action on Climate Change
We’ve often pointed out on this blog that communities of color show higher levels of climate awareness and concern than the rest of the American population. As Rhea Suh, president of our partner the Natural Resources Defense Council, says in this Fusion interview, this is because they are facing the tangible impacts of climate change every day. Asthma and respiratory diseases in these communities are off the charts compared to white communities, because Hispanics and other people of color often live near power plants and refineries where air quality is poor.
Suh explains that this is why 90 percent of Hispanics in America want immediate action on climate change. “I hope we can meet…and exceed their expectations, because everyone deserves to live a clean and healthy community,” she says. Watch the full interview below.
By Nicolás Ibargüen and Fusion
Rhea Suh is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading nonprofit group that protects people’s health, preserves wild places, and fosters vibrant communities. She recently spoke to Fusion about how climate change is impacting the Hispanic community in the United States. Suh said that 90% of Hispanics in the United States want action on climate change now. “We must hold our elected officials accountable to this fact,” she said.
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