CREDIT: METHANE FACTS
Air pollution affects everyone, but if you’re Latino, you’re likely living in an area with air that is unfit to even breathe.
According to a recent study, 1.81 million Latinos live within a few miles of factories that pump toxic pollutants into the air. The reasons for this are economic. Of course no one wants to live near smokestacks, but houses in these areas are much cheaper and affordable for families that barely break even each month. This fact is even more alarming when you consider that U.S. Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma-related problems than any other demographic. The problems stemming from this affect Latinos of all ages. Children are more likely to fall behind in school due to health problems, families are less likely to have health care to keep their families healthy, and unskilled immigrant workers are more likely to work in environments with inhumane conditions.
To find out more, please check out the Mother Jones report here.