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“Climate Conscious Conversations” addresses Hispanic/Latino Community disenfranchisement from climate conversation

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with Grand Rapids' Linc Up event.

“When we talk about climate, it’s important that we remember that every community needs to be invited to the table, but that’s not often.”

While climate change effects all communities, the Latino community is disproportionately impacted. The Michigan League of Conservative Voters is hosting an event to change that. Daniel Rivera is Elections Systems Coordinator. He tells us the Hispanic/Latino Community has historically been disenfranchised and marginalized from the climate conversation.

“And so, this event is really geared towards involving and including the Hispanic/Latino community in West Michigan to be invited to the table to talk about this disproportionate issue.”

A focus on climate information translated for all communities to understand. A panel of West Michigan climate leaders will facilitate a discussion.

“You know, we’re going to be talking about what is the connection with our democracy and why it’s important to get out the vote to make sure that we elect leaders that are pro-climate.”

And how young people play a role.

“For Gen Zers, climate is such a hot topic and how we can include them in the conversation, but also raise awareness to get those folks to the ballot.”

The “Climate Conscious Conversations” takes place Friday @ 5pm at Linc Up in Grand Rapids.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.