Hispanic leaders and environmental advocates gathered this week to address environmental issues that have historically marginalized those communities. The event was organized by the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, with Acadia Center and Save the Sound.
But even as some people may relocate to places like Connecticut, the impacts of climate change are still present, according to Jayson Velazquez, a climate and energy justice policy associate at Acadia Center.
“As floods increase in coastal communities, and as our urban cities continue to get inundated with flood water, there’s a lot of loss in finances when it comes to repairing flood damage,” Velazquez said. “That’s such a big issue up here in the Hartford area.”
Hispanics are 43% more likely to live in areas with the highest projected reductions in labor hours due to extreme temperatures, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.
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