Latinx and communities of color are too often the first and worst hit by the effects of climate change. We believe that these inequities—too often the product of racist systems—must be addressed and rectified.
Our mission is to ensure Latinx and people of color in Texas have a strong voice in the decisions and policies that impact their communities and the environment that we all depend on.
Moreover, it is imperative that the environmental movement better represents the diversity of our nation; it must strive for solutions that confront the legacy of environmental injustices that disproportionately impact communities of color.
We all deserve the right to breathe clean air. Yet communities of color are 61% more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air. These disparities hold true across Texas
In Texas the constant exposure to pollution and toxins on the job, at school, and in our homes is worsening the health of our communities and our planet. This problem is exacerbated by inequities in the healthcare system, which further maximizes the impact on affected communities’ health.
We must fight decades of environmental racism, influence policymakers, and pressure polluters to protect our communities’ right to clean air.
Building Grassroots Power
In the environmental community, Chispa Texas is unique. We are one of the only environmental programs truly engaged in traditional community organizing that builds the capacity of Latinx families to influence policymakers and pressure polluters to protect communities’ rights to clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods, and a safe climate for generations to come. In the long term, we’re committed to building powerful communities whose environmental voice cannot be ignored.
Protecting Our Democracy
We strongly believe that the long-term health of our planet is inextricably linked with the health of our democracy. Texas leaders should be focused on making voting more accessible for everyone, not creating barriers to disenfranchise our communities. A free, fair, and equitable political process is essential to advancing protections that are critical to our health, our environment and future generations.