Idalmis Vaquero

Latinos Care About the Environment - so Why Aren't Green Groups Engaging Them More?

Kimberly Wasserman was born and raised in Little Village, a Chicago neighborhood with an 83 percent Latino population and two coal-fired power plants — one less than a mile from her home. When she had to rush her 3-month-old baby to the hospital with an asthma attack in 1998, Wasserman decided enough was enough. She successfully campaigned for the closure of the two plants in 2013 — then went on to transform industrial areas around Chicago into open and green spaces such as parks, sports fields and picnic areas and eventually win the Goldman Prize for her efforts.

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