July 26, 2017, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26) introduced H. Res. 476, to support the inclusion and meaningful engagement of Latinos in environmental protection and conservation efforts.
“Our bipartisan resolution proudly recognizes Latinos across the U.S., reinforcing the critical work so many are doing to preserve our planet for future generations,” said Napolitano. “Latino activists and environmentalists, especially youth, are becoming increasingly involved in conservation efforts, an encouraging sign for our community. Locally in my district they have been integral in fighting to protect the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and securing additional green space in Los Angeles County. We must continue to build this momentum, ensuring Latinos and all communities of color have a seat at the table where decisions are made.”
“As the largest minority group in the United States, Latinos play a significant role in shaping government policy, especially when it comes to protecting our natural resources in the United States,” said Curbelo. “We have a responsibility to our families and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could protect the natural resources we have been blessed with. I thank Rep. Napolitano for her engagement and advocacy for on this issue.”
H. Res. 476 is the House companion resolution to an identical resolution introduced by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and allows Congress to recognize Latinos for their role in both protecting and preserving U.S. land, water, and wildlife. It also encourages and supports the participation of Latinos in conservation efforts.
“Latino Americans are on the front lines of protecting our nation’s environment now more than ever, and it’s time to recognize their achievements,” said House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva. “This administration and its allies can’t go a day without a new attack on our public health and environmental quality. The acknowledgment, gratitude and support this resolution offers the millions of Latinos fighting back – and those who made such great strides in the past – is long overdue. The continued efforts by Latino environmental leaders, both those active now and in the years to come, will mean the end of unpopular border walls and intentional environmental discrimination. There are few causes, or struggles, more worthy of recognition.”
The full text of the Resolution can be read here.