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18 March 2022

2022 CONSERVATION POLICY TOOLKIT: A Guide to Land, Water and Climate Issues and the Impact on Latino Communities

Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Author: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Advocacy, Climate Change, Conservation, Public Lands Protection, Public Opinion, Voting
Geographic Focus: National

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Latino communities across the United States are experiencing disproportionate health and economic impacts of poor air quality, extreme heat and aridification, wildfires, drought, storms and other severe effects of the climate crisis, in addition to the alarming loss of nature throughout the country. With our nation’s shifting demographics and Latinos on track to becoming 30% of the U.S. population by 2050, Latinos will continue to experience these severe consequences of a warming planet at a disproportionate rate.

The Latino community's overwhelming support for climate action can show our leaders the way forward in ensuring a just transition to an economy that protects our climate, homes, health, and jobs. And with scientists urging policymakers to protect at least 30% of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030 to address the biodiversity and climate crises, the strong pro-conservation stance of Latino voters can be pivotal in protecting far more lands, waters, and ocean over the next decade. With the involvement of the Latino community in environmental policy, we can ensure that every child in the United States has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of nature and clean air near their home.

Each section of this toolkit covers the health, economic, public opinion, and cultural implications of the policies that protect our public lands, waters, ocean, and climate. We have continued to build a new section on the COVID-19 public health pandemic, and how conservation and climate protection policies can mitigate the severity of the current pandemic and help prepare for future health crises.

This is also available in Spanish.

Last modified on 18 March 2022

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