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For Immediate Release

Adrianna Quintero, 415-875-6123,;
Laura Rodríguez, 202-772-0456,

Latinos Use Voces Verdes to Call for Strong Climate and Energy Legislation

New Initiative provides platform for Latino community to support passage of strong climate legislation


Voces Verdes,
an innovative platform designed to highlight the Latino community's
support for strong climate and clean energy legislation was launched
today by La Onda Verde, the Latino arm of the Natural Resources Defense
Council, in partnership with America Verde and Common Ground for

"Voces Verdes aims to include
diverse Latino voices from across the political, geographical, economic
and vocational spectrum, to demonstrate that climate change has become
a priority issue for Latino businesses, community leaders, parents,
teachers, doctors, nurses, and students alike," said Adrianna Quintero,
Director of NRDC's La Onda Verde and Voces Verdes' Campaign Director.

threat of global warming affects Latinos greatly, and the opportunities
for Latinos in implementing climate and energy solutions make their
input vital. With the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, pending
in the Senate, Voces Verdes provides a platform for Latinos
across the country to engage on climate change issues and support the
passage of strong clean energy legislation that benefits everyone.

America Verde
has brought together hundreds of signatures of diverse Latinos in
several states, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida,
Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, who have
added their names to a letter to Senators expressing support for strong
climate and clean energy legislation.

"The signers
understand that while global warming has had a negative impact on their
communities and that strong climate legislation will improve not only
the health of their communities but also create much needed jobs and
economic opportunities," added Mildred Real, CEO of Common Ground for

"The future of our communities and our
families is at risk if we do not make it clear that Latinos want clean
energy and a safe environment," said Andrea Bazan, President of The
Triangle Community Foundation and a nationally renowned and well
respected Latina business leader based in North Carolina. "We will not
stand silent as this problem becomes an ominous threat to our children
and our future. We stand with other Americans in urging quick passage
of strong clean energy legislation that will help our communities'
economic recovery with better, safer, cleaner jobs and a safe and
sustainable environment."

Voces Verdes
will continue to serve as a platform to activate Latinos across the
country in support of strong clean energy and climate legislation. As
support grows among Latinos, Voces Verdes will in turn deliver those Latino voices to legislators.

NRDC works to safeguard the earth--its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

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