Recently, global warming has become an issue of worldwide interest as countries invest significantly in green jobs and technology which can decrease global warming caused by pollution. Global warming is a phenomenon caused by the emission of certain pollutants into the atmosphere which produce the “Green House Effect” allowing sunlight to enter but not escape from Earth leading to an increase in the global average temperature. Some of the consequences of global warming include:
- The increase of extreme weather events like heat waves, floods and hurricanes,
- Impact on crops by floods which lead to food scarcity and
- Extinction of thousands of species.
A few years ago global warming was not a big topic of discussion within the Latino community. However, it became more prevalent a topic with movies such as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and extreme weather such as the earthquake and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 followed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 bringing the topic into the forefront of discussion for many nations across the globe. People were now seeing the effects of global warming in front of them, either by film or in their own backyard. Latinos especially have good reason to take notice of this important issue.
Latino communities are often present in unsafe and contaminated sites. Furthermore, most Latinos don’t have health insurance, meaning they are especially vulnerable when it comes to extreme climate events. LCLAA recognizes the importance of the government to take action on the matter because pollution affects everyone.
LCLAA encourages members to become informed about the policies that the government takes on climate change as it is an issue that directly impacts Latino families in an economic, social and health-related way. But the government is not the only responsible for the care of the environment. LCLAA invites the Latino community to become involved in environmental preservation by taking small actions like:
- Turning off the lights when you aren’t using them.
- Walking, using public transportation or bicycling to work.
- Learning about environmentally sound practices at work. If your workplace doesn’t have any in place, encourage them to set environmentally friendly policies (i.e. recycling products, reusing paper,and printing only when necessary).
- Educating children and future generations to protect the environment.