House Speaker Michael E. Busch
But despite being the segment of the population that most supports climate action, Latinos remain underrepresented in the environmental movement and the health of their families are still disproportionally affected by poor environmental conditions - Latino children are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized with asthma as White children; in addition, pregnant women and children suffer from lead and other contaminants in the air and drinking water at higher rates. In many communities, problems are aggravated by the lack of environmental health education, civic engagement, and availability of language and cultural competent resources.
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund's Latino Outreach Program understands the challenges this emerging segment of the population faces in Maryland. We are currently working with Latino community groups, faith based and grassroots organizations, legislators, and trusted influential partners in an effort to identify unique environmental issues facing Latino Communities in Maryland, as well as to increase their political participation in favor of a pro-conservation agenda. These impacts will be achieved through:
Latinos know that climate change and environmental pollution affect the welfare of their families and the future of their children and are willing to take action. Our Latino Outreach Program will inform and organize Latinos in our State to advance and make a real impact in our communities by:
This initiative is a step forward in addressing the impacts of climate change among Latinos to protect the health of their families and empowering them to augment their voice in Maryland's political process. Taking care of the environment is everyone's responsibility and Latinos are ready to act.
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCV Ed Fund) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to maximizing the participation of conservation-minded voters in public policy decisions made at the state and local levels regarding Maryland's environment and natural resources. Our programs strengthen and build the power of the environmental community, and they expand, deepen, and activate a base of conservation-minded voters around the state.