Latinos in the United States are facing challenges to their health, safety, food security, livelihoods, and cultural legacy as a result of the severity of climate change's consequences. The impacts of climate change on cultural heritage, and consequently on the mental health, traditional knowledge, and identity of U.S. Latinos, are, nevertheless, often ignored.
Rivers and streams, the lifeblood of our planet, have sustained human civilization and ecosystems throughout history. These meandering currents, majestic flows, and interconnected networks shape the very essence of our natural world, including where and how we live. This report delves into the significance of rivers, their role in the water cycle, and the vital link between healthy rivers and the cultures that are sustained by them.
To help achieve marine and coastal resilience, ecosystem health, sustainable economies, and inclusive and accurate narratives of coastal communities, this toolkit provides an overview of some major federal designations of lands and waters in the U.S. and its territories that can help protect the environmental, cultural, and economic resources within and around them. Latino communities and allies can advocate for these designations in a culturally relevant and accessible way.
This toolkit was created to show the importance of environmental policy to Latinos across the U.S., from the states to the territories. 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. Yet, the Latino community's overwhelming support for nature and 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.
This paper shows access to nature is a powerful lens through which to enact biodiversity, climate, and equity gains, through a variety of potential investments in nature conservation and restoration—including in the most urbanized and degraded locations.
All over the world, leaders must redouble efforts in the built and natural environment to better suit the needs of the biosphere and the people who rely on it. Access to nature is the lens through which we can make these investments in an equitable manner. When nature access for all is attained, the result is better-off communities, better-off ecosystems and a more stable climate, with more buy-in necessary to maintain the improvements.
Over the past half-century, the majority Latino and low-income community in El Paso, Texas, has advocated for protecting the historically and ecologically vital lands of Castner Range. Now, the community is calling on President Joe Biden to designate the area as a national monument.
How To Fix Americans’ Diminishing Access to the Coasts: A Report by Hispanic Access and Center for American Progress
U.S. coasts provide a multitude of benefits to the American public. They offer leisure in the form of recreational activities and relaxation; they improve overall health and act as cooling centers; and they create economic opportunities ranging from renewable energy to fishing to tourism.
2022 NATIONAL LANDMARKS WE NEED TO PROTECT TOOLKIT: Special Places That Need Protection for Latino Conservation Week
Latino Conservation Week is a time to celebrate Latino connections, old and new, to the lands, waterways, and ocean we call home, as well as the air we breathe. Unfortunately, Latinos and other communities of color continue to face the Nature Gap, lacking the benefits that nearby nature brings, and far too few of the protected lands and waters in the US tell Latino histories. For these reasons, this Latino Conservation Week, Hispanic Access Foundation is recommending the designation and protection of new parks, waterways, and ocean and coastal areas throughout the US that will serve Latino and other disinvested communities.
2022 CONSERVATION POLICY TOOLKIT: A Guide to Land, Water and Climate Issues and the Impact on Latino Communities
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.
HOW TO INCREASE ACCESS TO NATURE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND ENSURE EQUITY IN HOW FUNDS ARE SPENT ON PROTECTION
To strengthen Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to protect 30% of California’s lands, water, and ocean by 2030 (known as 30x30), Hispanic Access Foundation aims to increase access to nature for communities of color and ensure equity in how funds are spent on protection, to assure that all communities – no matter where they live – have safe, accessible public spaces and nature where they can recreate and restore. Inequitable access to nature is a problem that national, state, and local leaders can no longer ignore. With scientists urging policymakers to protect at least 30 percent of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030 to address the biodiversity and climate crises, now is the time to imagine how, by protecting far more lands and waters over the next decade, the United States can guarantee every child in America the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of nature near their home.