70% consider that global warming should be high or very high priority for the President and the Congress
A study published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that for 84% of the Latino community -the second largest minority in the US- think global warming is a relevant issue, compared to a 62% of the non Latin community.
Likewise, 70% of the Latino population and 52% of non Latinos think that ‘Global Warming’ should be a high or very high priority to the President and Congress. This clearly reflects that most of the population in the U.S. is interested in addressing this issue. 74% percent of Latinos and 60% of non Latinos that were surveyed believe that Trump should be doing more or much more concerning this issue. On the other hand, 73% of Latinos and 61% of non Latinos feel the same way about Congress.
“It’s not surprising to see the deep concern about global warming that exists in the Latino community in the US, after all, the impacts are hard to ignore. The commitment of the Latino community and their action is also encouraging, as it reflects the overwhelming support shown by Latin American and other nations during the climate negotiations in Paris,” said Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention of United Nations on Climate Change
Likewise, 70% of the Latino population and 52% of the non-Latino population think that ‘Global Warming’ should be a high or very high priority for the President and Congress. This clearly reflects that the majority of the population in the US is interested in having this issue addressed, 74% of Latinos and 60% of non-Latinos surveyed believe that Trump should be doing more or much more in relation to this issue . On the other hand, 73% of Latinos and 61% of non-Latinos, reflect the same feeling about the Congress.
Beliefs and Attitudes Towards the Global Warming
85% of Latinos completely agree that schools should educate on global warming, while 78% of the non Latino community also agree.. While 48% of Latinos say they take relatively serious action to reduce global warming, only 40% of non Latinos do.
For 60% of Latinos living in the United States, it is important that their friends and family take action to reduce global warming, in contrast to 45% of the non-latino. Among the most important reasons for the Latino community to take action are the prioritization of providing a better life for their children and grandchildren, as well as preventing the destruction of the planet. When the question was asked about how humans can reduce it, but at this moment it is unclear if the necessary will be done, 44% of the Latino population identified with this position, in contrast to 49% of non-Latinos.
Concerning humans being able to reduce global warming but people are not willing to change their behavior, therefore global warming will not be reduced, 31% of Latinos identified with this statement, while only 23% of the non Latino population agreed. This means that 75% of the Latino population are aware of the human responsibility towards global warming but in a framework in which it could be interpreted that what is being done to combat it is not being done.
“As we face the increasingly terrible impacts of extreme weather and other climate impacts, we must do a better job of engaging Latinos from all walks of life to demand action and ensure our communities are protected,” said Adrianna Quintero, founder of Voces Verdes and Director of Partnerships of NRDC.
Only 41% of the Latino population hears mentions of global warming in the media. This could represent a great opportunity to redouble efforts in the dissemination and implementation of necessary measures to reduce global warming, given that more than half of the population in the United States – Latinos 68% and non-Latinos 66% – believe that the U.S. should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions no matter what other countries are doing. Among 1 of 5 Latinos who know about global warming, those most interested in global warming issues consider Spanish as their preferred language.
Policies on Global Warming, Trump and Congress Responsibility
Regarding on “Who is Responsible for Acting on Global Warming?”, the majority of the population – Latino 77%, non Latino 72% – believe that corporations and industries should act on global warming, followed by citizens, President Trump, and Congress. This makes it possible to see that the majority of the population in the United States is willing to carry out actions that improve the conditions to slow down global warming.
“Most Latinos are willing to join a campaign to convince elected officials to take action on climate change, however, still a large part of them remains on the sidelines … they represent a great opportunity for the climate community to create a public and political will to promote climate action, “said Lead Researcher Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale University.
The study shows that 70% of Latinos believe that Global Warming should be a high or very high priority for the President and Congress and 52% of the non Latino population identified with it. Following the previous question, 81% of Latinos say they agree that oil companies should pay taxes on coal, and 69% of the non-Latino population also supports this assertion. Likewise, 55% of Latinos interviewed strongly support carrying out various policies on climate friendly energy, while 42% of the non Latino population identifies with this idea.
Most of the Latino population shows interest in Global Warming, but 37% of them do not approach their elected representatives because they think they might attract unwanted attention from immigration authorities.
Actions and behavior Towards Global Warming
Regarding actions and behaviors towards Global Warming, 43% of Latinos use air conditioning less frequently in the summer, followed by 40% of the non Latino population. Other actions that are carried out, although to a lesser extent, are using the bicycle and public transport or sharing transfers to common sites.
Finally, 35% of Latinos have bought products from companies that take action to reduce global warming; in contrast to 28% of the non-Latino population that has carried out the same action. 31% of Latinos have stopped using products from companies that are opposed to taking action around Global Warming, and 22% of the non Latino population has also resorted to this practice.
57% of Latinos intend to buy products from companies that are concerned about reducing global warming, while only 22% of the non Latino population would.
Global Warming is a phenomenon by which the Earth’s temperature rises, and contributes to climatic events such as storms, hurricanes or droughts intensifying in certain places. Therefore, the relevance of this study, reflects the interest of the Latino population towards this issue of international importance and their intention to carry out actions to reduce Global Warming.