On Cesar Chavez day, environmental activists should recognize the importance of Hispanics to our climate cause. A recent poll by Stanford University and Resources for the Future conducted for the New York Times shows that Hispanics are much more likely than non-Hispanic whites [why did they limit the survey to whites?] to feel that climate change affects them personally.
That is key – a substantial majority of Americans agree that the climate is heating up and a majority agrees that the warming is caused by humans. (See this poll, for example.) But the majority of Americans does not think global warming will matter to them personally to any great degree. According to the Stanford poll, a significantly larger number of Hispanics believe that global warming will matter to them personally.
Cesar Chavez exemplifies the Hispanic tradition of social activism. His birthday today should remind us in the environmental community to work together with Hispanics on issues we share.
Last Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Legal Committee and the Loyola Law School Environmental Law Society held a day-long workshop on Oil Production, Distribution, and Fracking Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Materials from the workshop – PowerPoints and videos – are available at http://aenv.org/sclels2015. A video of my presentation on Local Anti-Fracking Ordinances is also available on YouTube.
This is Dean Wallraff’s environmental blog. I consolidated previous blogs at laenv.org (Los Angeles Environmental Blog) and dwsc.us (my Sierra Club Board of Directors blog) here.
I’m on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, but I’m also a California public-interest environmental attorney. I’m a full-time environmental activist, and part of my activism is litigation in support of environmental causes. The opinions I express here are my own, and not necessarily those of the Sierra Club.
“Hello World!” has a long history in the computer world, starting with the seminal Kernighan and Ritchie book on the C programming language, which I learned in the 1970’s. The simplest C program was just one that printed out “hello world!” I kept it as a title for this blog post because the blog is saying hello to the world today.