Latinx Communities and the Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is playing out across the country with record heat, drought and wildfires raging across much of the American west. While everybody is impacted, People of Color are disproportionately bearing the brunt. During Oregon’s recent triple digit temperatures, health officials reported that about two-thirds of heat wave deaths were people of color. The Natural Resources Defense Council says more than half of Latinxs in the U.S. live in the country’s three most climate-vulnerable states and a new report shows that Latinx people are twice as likely to live in the areas most exposed to wildfires as the rest of the population. Today’s guest is Felipe Benítez, the executive director of Corazón Latino, a national non-profit organization that seeks to generate social, environmental, and conservation initiatives that foster natural resource stewardship.

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