Hispanics are passionate about their public parks and open spaces. Parks are often the center of family life and activities, used as social settings for picnics and get-togethers with family and friends. As such, their protection and environmental conservation ranks high on Latinos’ priority list.
Cultural traditions are not the sole reason these and other Latinos consistently express strong support for clean air, water and land. The U.S. Hispanic population is disproportionately affected by environmental contamination in many parts of the country.
Hispanics also face higher rates of asthma than whites, and because they account for nearly one-third of those not protected by health insurance, they are less likely to receive specialized care.
Pollution in the United States poses health risks for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, language, or country of origin. Unfortunately, Hispanics are disproportionately affected by factors that place their long-term health in serious jeopardy.