You’ll recall the national Sierra Club had a near-fatal meltdown over the immigration question a few years back. Radical elements, thankfully, won out: those believing human rights and dignity to be a prerequisite to a healthy environment reclaimed the organization from racist and anti-human pretenders.
Since the dust has settled on that necessary debate and weed out, South Texas has revealed its own wild streak in border wall resistance. And a survey of 1,000 Hispanics from Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada suggests the coming brown demographic dominance is to be welcomed.
Perhaps folks were taken off guard by how deeply the border wall resistance is fueled by environmental concerns, or how increasing identification with earlier indigenous identities and histories have rooted border residents to the the lands and waters in this potential political sacrifice zone.
The response that blew me away, one that I suspect would stray from the pathetic apathetics beleaguering my circles (I’m talking cultural class and kinship now – not ethnicity) was the positive attitudes displayed by those surveyed about personal decisions and the ability to affect change. Having heard so much so often regarding the futility of action beneath the enormity of global warming, i was particularly stunned by the 90 percent response in the affirmative that they could make a difference by their own behaviors.
New Mexico sagged a bit here (82 percent). But, then, these nuevos mexicanos have been beat on a little harder.
Anyway, the positivity reminds me of the rally of a certain presidential candidate last night.
¿Si se puede?
A Sierra Club-sponsored survey of 1,000 Hispanic voters reports “overwhelming” concern about energy, global warming, and environmental issues.
The March 20-23 poll results show “energy and global warming is viewed as one of the two most important environmental problems for Hispanics, and four-fifths of these voters consider it to be a major problem” for their health and that of their families. The poll results by the firm of Bendixen & Associates indicate that 39 percent of surveyed Hispanic voters with a college degree say they have received “a lot of information” about global warming. For those with a high school degree or less, the corresponding figure is 17 percent. By income brackets, 58 percent of those earning $100,000 or more annually say they have received a lot of global warming information, while 18 percent of those earning less than $25,000 respond in that way.