Climate an Election Issue for Latinos

October 19, 2015

Many Latinos live in coastal areas impacted by climate change and sea level rise

As I’ve reported before – minority groups, including the rapidly growing and politically potent hispanics, are among those voters most concerned about climate change.

At the end of the summer, the polling firm, Latino Decisions, released the results of their 2015 Environmental Attitudes Survey. Of the Latinos polled, 74 percent said it was extremely or very important for the US government to “set national standards to prevent global warming and climate change.”

“Latinos live in areas that are vulnerable to climate change. In fact, if you look at the Latino population, 49 percent of us live in coastal shoreline counties, compared to 39 percent of the general population. So we are starting to see the impacts, and we are starting to see them in our communities,” says Nicole Hernandez Hammer, a southeast climate advocate with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Another poll from The New York Times and Stanford University, conducted at the beginning of 2015, found that 54 percent of Latinos rated global warming as being extremely or very important to them personally, compared with 37 percent of white respondents.

“There are still too many politicians who have not gotten on board just yet,” Hammer says. “Climate change is a problem. It’s going to happen in the future, it’s happening now, so that needs to happen quickly.”

Climate change, for the Latino population that lives near the US coast, is an expensive problem, and it’s a problem that’s affecting public health.

“It is very expensive. There’s flooding that goes into homes and once the flooding recedes, the moisture that’s inside some of the homes creates mold and affects people with asthma and other respiratory issues,” Hammer says. “There’s a series of things that happen. Because of the inundation effect, some car companies no longer honor the warranty on the cars because of salt water damage.”


3 Responses to “Climate an Election Issue for Latinos”

  1. Dr. Steve Hansen Says:

    Hi–Just a suggestion to keep things simple–the LA Times decided, a few yrs. ago that “LATINO” was the more inclusive term, vs. Hispanic or other–FYI

    • greenman3610 Says:

      Latinos it is. thanks!

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Has anyone checked with the Associated Press for “proper usage” here?

      But wait, the AP says “doubter” is preferable to “denier” when it comes to climate change and the LA Times also has an editorial policy of reusing to publish climate denial BS, so I guess we should follow the Times and go with LATINO.

      I wonder if anyone asked the Hispanics-Latinos which term they prefer and consider to be more “inclusive”? This may surprise some folks.

      No matter what happens, I know that Speedy Gonzales will always be there to yell “Ondele, Ondele! Vamanos Muchachos” as he leads the fight against the evil climate change deniers. Viva Speedy!

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