Latinx and communities of color are disproportionately exposed to pollution and toxins on the job, at school, and in our homes. Often the first and worst hit by the effects of climate change, it’s no surprise that people of color are also some of the strongest advocates for climate action, strongly advocating for and supporting government action to protect la Madre Tierra.
Not only are people of color effected, but they care greatly about the issues plaguing their communities and others from dirty air to pesticide and toxic oil wastewater exposures to the need for clean energy resources, healthy communities to live and play in, and sustainable resources. The Chispa approach is one of Latins and communities of color putting solutions on the table and the community’s political power seen, heard and felt by decision makers across the nation and in the six states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, and Maryland – where Chispa programs have been underway.
It is more important than ever to ensure that families have a strong voice in the decisions and policies that impact their communities and the environment that we all depend on. Moreover, it is imperative that the environmental movement better represents the diversity of our nation and reflects the solutions necessary to confront the legacy of environmental injustices that disproportionately impact communities of color.
In the environmental community, Chispa is unique. We are one of the only environmental programs truly engaged in traditional community organizing that builds the capacity of Latino families to influence policy makers and pressure polluters to protect communities’ rights to clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods and a safe climate for generations to come. In the long term, we’re committed to building powerful communities whose environmental voice cannot be ignored.
Click here to learn more about Chispa’s grassroots organizing efforts across the country.