MFV Commits to Climate Change fight on Earth Day
On Earth Day, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) will be engaging the Latino community in efforts to promote environmental activism and combat climate change. The Latino community experiences the brunt of extreme pollution and weather conditions as the population lives in high-risk areas and works in occupations, such as agriculture, construction, and other outdoor jobs, that are directly impacted by these conditions.
Each of the six states where MFV has ground operations has a unique set of environmental challenges impacting the health and well-being of Latino communities. Wildfires are afflicting Californians; intensified hurricanes have led to forced migration in Florida, where we also have a rising sea level; Texas experienced petro-chemical fires, Arizona has been severely impacted by droughts, and more. Latinos are more exposed to extreme heat and health risks as well as the potential for increased economic hardship from this exposure, and climate change is intensifying these problems.
“The environment has an impact on every aspect of our lives and it’s critical that we take action to make more sustainable choices,” stated AnaKarina Rodriguez of the MFV Arizona team.
Nancy Batista, Florida state director added, “Climate change is a factor driving unplanned migration, its intensifying health impacts of pollution, and it’s magnifying the strength of hurricanes as well as droughts.”
In response, MFV is engaging in voter registration and community education sessions centered around Earth Day activities.
“The Latino community will be invited to take part in environmental exercises at local parks to ensure that our populations have the opportunity to benefit from and advocate for more local green spaces,” said California State Director Samuel Molina. “This is the first step to climate action, but we all have to adjust how we operate. It’s as much of a personal call to action as it is a government call to action.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.