Latino communities are disproportionately affected by pollution. In 2002, 71 percent of Latinos lived in counties that violated federal air pollution standards for one or more pollutants. With more than 20 percent of Latinos living in poverty, and many Latinos uninsured, the Latino population is more vulnerable to environmentally-caused health problems.
LCLAA supports any legislation driven to keep our communities safe from hazardous waste. Our communities should not serve as dumping grounds. LCLAA supports efforts to force corporations to comply with U.S. environmental standards abroad and at home.
Environmental discrimination is an appalling reality and LCLAA is firmly opposed to any actions taken to increase the exposure to, and confinement of, environmental burdens such as pollution, toxic and radioactive waste in communities of color.
As the aftermath of Katrina demonstrated, low-income and communities of color were disproportionately affected by insufficient and unsustainable recovery efforts. Although Katrina brought national salience to the issue of environmental justice, the reality extends beyond hurricane disasters to health conditions. Environmental discrimination can be seen in the prevalence of asthma among Latinos due to exposure to poor air quality since Latino children are 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma than their White counterparts.
Because Latinos are significantly impacted by pollution, LCLAA keeps environmental issues at the forefront of our advocacy work.
Along with National Hispanic Environmental Council and National Puerto Rican Coalition and, LCLAA spearheads the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC).