Today, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2014, Voces Verdes kicked off a month long social media campaign to highlight the long, diverse, and proud history of environmental and conservation values and activism of the growing Latino community in the U.S. The coalition of nearly 70 leaders from across the country includes business owners, heads of chambers of commerce, doctors, researchers and professors, opinion leaders, current and former elected and public officials, and community activists. Additionally, Voces allies include national civil rights organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Hispanic Federation, and the Hispanic Access Foundation to name a few.
U.S. Latinos overwhelming support action to combat the effects and the threat of climate change and expand the use of clean renewable energy in this effort. This past January, a national poll conducted by Latino Decisions on behalf the Natural Resources Defense Council & Voces Verdes found that 9 out of 10 Latinos want the government to take action against the dangers of global warming and climate change. Further, 86 percent support setting limits on carbon pollution that power plants discharge into our air to fight climate change.
Hispanic already make up 17 percent of the U.S. population and are projectd to reach 33 percent in the next 50 years. Latinos understand that the actions we take today will impact the quality of air, water, and natural resources that their children and America's future generations will live with. Voces is proud to highlight the strong and diverse coalition of Hispanic leaders and organizations who believe we must act now to fight climate change and shift our economy toward clean renewable energy. #ActonClimate #ClimateVoces