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Adrianna Quintero
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Adrianna Quintero is a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the founder/director of Voces Verdes, a national coalition that connects Latino business, community leaders and organizational partners with government decision-makers calling for action on climate change and clean energy.

Adrianna began as a litigator with NRDC's environmental health program, where she specialized in public health issues surrounding safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution.

Adrianna has appeared on numerous English and Spanish language television and radio programs nationwide and internationally. Adrianna is featured in “Tapped,” the 2009 documentary film on the bottled water crisis. She has litigated before the Supreme Court, testified before Congressional subcommittees, the United Nations, and numerous conferences and meetings.
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Latin America Must Continue Its Leadership Past COP-20

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Delegates from nearly 200 countries gathered in early December to hammer out an agreement on climate change policy at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties. Too often environmentalists go home disappointed after watching the assembly fall short of its mandate to prevent catastrophic climate change....

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5 Reasons Why I'm Celebrating California's Plastic Bag Ban

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:19 PM

I love the ocean. Nothing makes me happier than staring out and imagining all the life that is thriving below the surface. So you can imagine how I felt the first time I went scuba diving and the first thing I saw as I went under the waves was... you...

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The People's March Demands "Human Change, Not Climate Change"

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:56 PM

For anyone looking for a bellwether of our country's stance on climate change, the People's Climate March in New York City sent a clear signal: nearly half a million people took to the streets last Sunday to demand "Climate Action Now." It was the largest climate mobilization in history, planned...

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Game On

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:49 PM

This summer marks a landmark in the battle against climate change.

From now until October 12th, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will take comments on a plan that calls for an overall 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from existing power plants. While Congressional challenges, legal hurdles and deliberate...

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Fighting Climate Change Will Require a Mom's Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Thanks to Diana Donlon, Director of the Cool Foods Campaign at the Center for Food Safety for leading this joint op-ed. We hope it inspires moms everywhere to take action on climate change.

This Mother's Day every ad suggests that you get mom "the gift she really wants." For the...

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A Real Life Summer Bleakbuster

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:15 PM

I would challenge anyone to read the "bleakbuster" of a new report published last week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and not come away with a deep feeling of dread for future generations.

The IPCC report shows clearly -- and convincingly -- that climate change will...

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From Farms to Solar Farms: Women Are Leading the Fight on Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:26 PM

On March 6th, we celebrate International Women's Day, so it's only fitting to also celebrate some of the many ways that women are helping to solve one of the biggest challenges of our time: climate change.

It is well-recognized that in many ways, climate change disproportionately impacts...

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Quenching Body and Soul

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 6:20 AM

Clean air and clean water are two of the main sustainers of life, yet millions of people around the world struggle daily to breathe clean air and find potable water. The United Nations estimates that 783 million people lack access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do...

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Yes We Care! Latinos Want Action On Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Yes we care -- that's the message Latinos in the United States delivered loud and clear in a new poll by Latino Decisions for the Natural Resources Defense Council. A majority of us Latinos in the U.S. care about fighting climate change. We care because we know it's...

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The Tragic Toll of Extreme Weather

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:02 AM

This weekend, Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest tropical cyclone to reach land in recorded history, hit the Philippines, pounding the country with wind speeds of 155-mph and a massive storm surge that reached up to 16 feet high.

CNN reports that the International Committee of the Red...

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Powering Our Homes with Yesterday's Sunshine

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Last week, it snowed in Flagstaff, Arizona, marking an unusually early start to winter. As households cranked up their electric heaters, the local utility, Arizona Public Service, released additional power onto the grid. But this wasn't the typical power produced by a coal or natural gas power plant. Instead, it...

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The Importance of Remembering Superstorm Sandy

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Last year, I watched in horror as Superstorm Sandy approached the East Coast. Having lived through the category 5 Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, I knew firsthand the devastation that a massive hurricane can unleash. I knew the fear that so many were experiencing and felt the pain...

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Americans & Latino Americans to Tea Party: We Want our EPA

(19) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Most, if not all of us, are applauding the fact that after a 16-day standoff, lawmakers were able to come to an agreement that puts the government back to work. While the devil may be in the details, and concessions were made on both sides, the importance of knowing that...

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Climate Change and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Call to Remain Awake

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, delivering a powerful call for freedom and equality that still resonates decades later. I've always found inspiration in Dr. King's words, and in remembering this great leader in our history, I recently re-read the...

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Obama's Climate Plan Will Bring Important Benefits for the Latino Community

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:30 PM

In a landmark speech yesterday, President Obama laid out a clear plan to tackle climate change and reduce dangerous carbon pollution in the United States and abroad stating, "We can do [this] as long as we don't fear the future; instead, we seize it."

Today's plan marks a turning point...

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Let's Do This for Our Children

(13) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 6:59 PM

I was spending Saturday with my family preparing to go out and enjoy a long walk when I got the news that President Obama would be announcing a major plan to tackle carbon pollution and prepare our country for climate change. When you spend years working to fight climate change,...

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Latinos Agree: Time for President Obama to Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants

(11) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 4:27 PM

It's been nearly three months since President Obama's strongly worded State of the Union address, in which he vowed to tackle climate change if Congress failed to do so. U.S. Latinos cheered this commitment, knowing that they stood to suffer should climate change continue to worsen.


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From Immigration to Climate Change: It's All Part of the Latino Nation

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 3:22 PM

Latino Nation -- the title alone can elicit responses that can fill the discussion boards for days. But whether your response is positive or negative, there is no denying that there is indeed a Latino Nation within our nation and, "news flash" -- we aren't all undocumented immigrants. Nor are...

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El Papa Francisco hace un llamado a líderes mundiales por la protección ambiental

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Tenemos un nuevo Papa y su elección ha sido histórica. El cónclave de cardenales del Vaticano ha elegido al primer pontífice jesuita nacido en las Américas--y es Latinoamericano. Su origen, carácter y su nombre papal han cautivado a los 1,2 billones de católicos del mundo.

El Arzobispo Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...

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Pope Francis I's Commitment to Helping the Poor Should Include Tackling Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 3:46 PM

"Cuando no hay amor, se adormece la conciencia" Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires

It's impossible to ignore the biggest news around the world: There's a new Pope, and it's historical. The Vatican's Conclave of Cardinals has chosen the first Jesuit Catholic Pope born in the Americas --...

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