WASHINGTON, D.C.—The following is a statement from Adrianna Quintero, Executive Director of Voces Verdes, on Hispanic Heritage Month:
“Voces Verdes celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) and the commitment and leadership of so many in our community who tirelessly champion the need to protect our environment. Latinos hold strong environmental and conservation values and a long standing cultural heritage of environmental stewardship. That's why for decades polling has shown Latinos as the demographic group most committed to protecting our communities and our planet from challenges like climate change and air and water pollution.
“We must continue to elevate and celebrate this leadership not only during Hispanic Heritage Month but daily as we advocate for stronger protections for our families, as we fight for significant and urgent action on climate change, as we call for a transition away from fossil fuels and transition into a clean energy economy where opportunities for better lives for Latino families are at hand.
“This month and beyond, we must continue to make our Voces heard and let our values guide us as we flex our muscle and call for the changes we deserve and need to build and leave a brighter more sustainable future for our future generations.”