Former LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo
- Location: CA 90012
- Marching Since: August 28, 2007
Global warming is a serious threat to the economic and environmental stability of our planet. As individuals, however, the fight for the health of our world begins within our own neighborhoods.
So I find it completely unacceptable: that, in Los Angeles, African Americans are 50% more likely and Latinos are two times more likely to live in close proximity to hazardous waste facilities; that in the Los Angeles Unified School District, African American and Latino children face a respiratory risk associated with air toxins near their schools that is 25% higher than other children; that low-income and nonwhite residents of Southern California breathe higher levels of toxic pollutants; and that some underserved areas in Los Angeles have rates of lifetime cancer risk from outdoor air pollution that are 600% higher than the rates in more affluent communities.
We must speak out for those that so often don’t have a voice, so that they have a place in the fight for environmental justice. There is only one environment – what happens locally affects the spirit, health and progress of all.
My strong hope is that same spirit that moves us to join the virtual march against global warming on an international level also moves us to act in our own communities with measurable efforts to secure the health of our planet and its working families.