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Latinos and Climate Change

For Hispanics in five key states, climate change was a decisive factor when casting their votes during the midterm elections.

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If we still doubted that the Latino stereotype is an external factor, data taken from the midterm elections continue to confirm it.

No, not all Latinos think alike - not everyone considers the economy or immigration their top priorities.

In fact, a significant percentage of Hispanics in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas say that climate change is a fundamental factor in their lives.

According to a survey carried out by Latino Decisions, "78% of Latinos have experienced the effects of climate change in their states," including "extreme patterns" in the climate such as heat waves, storms, and floods during the past five years.

Respondents said that "it is very important that Congress take steps to pass legislation to aggressively combat climate change," especially to reduce smog and air pollution.

The study also showed that awareness of climate change among Hispanics has increased by 10 percentage points since 2016, and that the women are the demographic most committed to the issue.

Even more important is the discovery of "a strong congruence by both Democrats and Republicans," where "over 61 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats said it is 'very' and 'extremely important' to take an aggressive stance on global warming.”

At the leadership level, newly elected Latino representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have made climate change their first battle.

A week ago, just days after arriving in Washington, Ocasio-Cortez joined more than 200 climate change activists who flooded the office of Democratic Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi to "demand that the Democrats act more decisively" on the matter.

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