Research Library

22 September 2022

Making Castner Range a National Monument Would Help Nature-Deprived Communities


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Antiquities Act, Climate Change
Geographic Focus: Texas

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.

21 July 2022

2022 NATIONAL LANDMARKS WE NEED TO PROTECT TOOLKIT: Special Places That Need Protection for Latino Conservation Week


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

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.

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
Topics: Advocacy, Climate Change, Conservation, Public Lands Protection, Public Opinion, Voting
Geographic Focus: National

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.

19 July 2021

Equity & Environmental Justice in California's 30x30 Goal



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.

19 July 2021

Equity & Environmental Justice in 30x30


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Advocacy
Geographic Focus: National

HOW TO INCREASE ACCESS TO NATURE FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND ENSURE EQUITY IN HOW FUNDS ARE SPENT ON PROTECTION

To strengthen the Biden Administration’s America the Beautiful initiative to protect 30% of the United States’ lands, water, and ocean by 2030, 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.

07 July 2021

Place, Story and Culture: An Inclusive Approach to Protecting Latino Heritage Sites


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Cultural Heritage
Geographic Focus: National

Numerous sites dot our American landscapes and cities that tell a story about our diverse past - places that embody the architectural, cultural and deep historical roots of the Latino community. However, sites that commemorate Latino heritage are disproportionately excluded when it comes to officially designated heritage and conservation sites. This report provides recommendations to address the lack of representation of Latino heritage sites among protected area designations, by proposing a more inclusive designation system as well as a list of Latino heritage sites that currently lack official recognition.

30 April 2021

HEARTWIRED TO LOVE THE EARTH: Communications Toolkit


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Conservation
Geographic Focus: National

Over the course of 2020, HAF implemented a project, led by five of our key faith leader partners, that uses Heartwired messaging strategies to persuade audiences to act on ocean conservation. The Heartwired research from Heartwired to Love the Ocean shows people have certain mindsets that can open them to being persuaded to act for conservation. While the Heartwired research was specific to ocean conservation, we believe these mindsets can apply to other conservation and climate topics, and that tapping into them with your messaging can motivate people to action. In 2021, we expanded the scope of the project to include not just ocean and river conservation, but also land conservation and climate protection. This Heartwired to Love the Earth Communications Toolkit is an effort to summarize and apply Heartwired messaging strategies to topics beyond the ocean,  though we recognize these messaging recommendations have not been explicitly researched as was Heartwired to Love the Ocean.

23 March 2021

2021 CONSERVATION TOOLKIT: A Guide to Land, Water and Climate Issues and the Impact on Latino Communities


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Conservation
Geographic Focus: National

Now more than ever, it is essential to demonstrate the importance of public lands and waters to the Latino community in the US, as well as the policies necessary to maintain them. The COVID-19 crisis has shown how badly we need close, accessible, and abundant public lands and waters for health and wellness. Each section of this toolkit covers the health, economic, public opinion, and cultural implications of the policies that protect our public lands, water, and ocean, as well as the threat posed by the climate crisis. This year, we have added a 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.

23 March 2021

Latino Advocacy Toolkit: Helping Latinos Become Advocates and Flex Their Power


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Advocacy
Geographic Focus: National

Every 30 seconds a Latino citizen turns 18, and as of 2020, 32 million Hispanics are registered to vote. Latino voter turnout in 2020’s battleground states was three times greater than in 2016, and Hispanic turnout broke records in Georgia’s runoff election in January 2021. On the other hand, Latinos make up only 1% of elected officials, while comprising 18% of the U.S. population. Latinos represent the largest untapped segment of the population when it comes to civic engagement and political potential. 

22 July 2020

The Nature Gap: Confronting Racial and Economic Disparities in the Destruction and Protection of Nature in America


Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation , Center for American Progress
Topics: Conservation
Geographic Focus: National

Clean drinking water, clean air, public parks and beaches, biodiversity, and open spaces are shared goods to which every person in the United States has an equal right both in principle and in law. Nature is supposed to be a “great equalizer” whose services are free, universal, and accessible to all humans without discrimination. In reality, however, American society distributes nature’s benefits—and the effects of its destruction and decline—unequally by race, income, and age.

The nation’s recent reckoning with racism and violence against Black people has brought environmental injustices and disparities into long-overdue focus. The stories of Christian Cooper, threatened with violence and arrest while bird-watching in Central Park, and Ahmaud Arbery, murdered while jogging down a tree-lined street in coastal Georgia, are among the countless stories of Black, brown, and Indigenous people who, while seeking to enjoy the outdoors, have been threatened, killed, or made to feel unsafe or unwelcome.

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