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13 April 2023

2023 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY TOOLKIT: Impacts and Solutions for Latino Communities

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

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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 toolkit is divided into chapters based on four foundational pillars: 1) Protecting and Restoring Healthy Lands, Waterways, and Ocean; 2) Addressing the Climate Crisis, including policies for mitigation and adaptation; 3) Environmental Justice & Health, including sections on mental health and how environmental protection policies can mitigate the severity of the pandemic and health crises to come; and 4) Latino Heritage at Risk.

We’ve added all-new sections on eco-anxiety and mental health, Latino heritage in danger of being lost to climate change, climate justice, and climate solutions. We also incorporated new policy recommendations that flow based on the findings in each new section.

This is also available in Spanish.

Last modified on 13 April 2023

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