Huffington Post recently profiled Latinx leaders making a difference in climate change activism, pointing out that a recent study by Yale Climate Change Communications found that Latinx people are significantly more worried about climate change than other groups and willing to take action. They also tend to be more vulnerable to air pollution and extreme weather because of where they live and work — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, for example, hit Latino communities especially hard.
One of the activists profiled was Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of grantee UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latinx community-based organization. She is a national leader on climate justice who advocates for sustainable development and she was the first Latina chair of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In 2015, she was one of the opening speakers at Pope Francis’s Climate Change Rally at the National Mall in Washington DC.
Yeampierre joins Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adrianna Quintero, Executive Director of Voces Verdes, Representatives Nannette Barragan and Carlos Curbelo, and others in this inspiring and distinguished list.
Adapted from the original at Huffington Post.