Latinos Love the Outdoors
I’ve long known that the Latino community cares deeply about environmental issues – and now, because of a new survey released yesterday, there's research to support it! For nearly ten years I have worked with Latino communities around the country to give us a greater voice in the effort to protect our environment. Like many other Americans, we care about clean air and water, access to parks and protection of wild places.
Whereas previous polls and surveys have shown that Latinos trend higher in their commitment and concern about protections for clean air, water and public lands, what may be surprising to some is that Latinos also think the outdoors is important to their way of life. In a survey released yesterday by the National Council of La Raza and the Sierra Club, a whopping 91% of Latinos voters say that outdoor activities like camping, fishing and visiting national parks and monuments are important to them and their families. Many Latinos enjoy America’s wild places and green spaces, and nearly 70% polled want to protect even more special areas.
Latinos have long known the benefits of spending time in nature – from improving their health to their kids' test scores. Connecting with nature also brings us closer to who we are: Latinos have a strong land ethic and are tied culturally to la tierra. The land is who we are, and we’ve long enjoyed being out there.