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Embracing the Uncomfortable: An Honest Conversation on Climate Change

June 28, 2024 2:00 PM

Embracing the Uncomfortable: An Honest Conversation on Climate Change

Recent natural disasters have highlighted the stark reality of climate change, significantly impacting Latino communities across the U.S. From California to New York, and everywhere in between, climate change has profoundly affected millions. According to a 2021 Pew Research Center survey, 56% of U.S. Latinos experienced extreme weather events in their local areas within the past year, with 81% prioritizing climate action compared to 67% of non-Latinos.

Latinos bear a disproportionate burden of California's wildfires, Florida's rising sea levels, and New York's heat-related health issues. In Texas, Latino farm workers face heightened risks of heat-related health problems. Despite sustainable development efforts to tackle climate change head-on, persistent skepticism and delayed action frustrate progress, worsening the hardships endured by Latino communities. This session will address the urgency of mitigation efforts, emphasizing how prolonged inaction disproportionately impacts Latinos and what we can do to confront these challenges.

Speakers:

Jeffrey Prieto

General Counsel at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ron Pierce

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the U.S. Department of Energy

Lisette Perez

Member, National Environmental Youth Advisory Council, Environmental Protection Agency

Andrea Delgado

Chief of Staff, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Eva Hernandez-Simmons

Former Managing Director of the Sierra Club