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Javier Sierra
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Javier Sierra is a bilingual media consultant and nationally syndicated
columnist for the Sierra Club.

His monthly column about Latinos and the environment is regularly published
by the country's top bilingual publications, including Los Angeles' La Opinion, and New York City's El Diario-La Prensa.

Entries by Javier Sierra

Puerto Rico's Other Shining Star: Environmental Hero Luis Jorge Rivera

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Fights with greed can be exhausting. Just ask Luis Jorge Rivera, who's been fighting the corporate and government greed for more than 16 years and defending the natural heritage of all Puerto Ricans.

But Luis Jorge likes to win; so much so, in fact, he has turned it into a...

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America Es Su Casa, Enjoy It!

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:01 PM

The devotion Melissa Guevara professes for the outdoors is a splendid example of Latinos' love for the land, of our profound respect for God's creation and our commitment to preserve it for future generations.

"The first time I knew that I wanted to make nature part of my life was...

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The Sinking Feeling of a City Called Flint

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 1:32 PM

In almost 20 years writing about environmental justice, few times have I dealt with such a heart-breaking story. The 100,000 residents of Flint, Michigan, especially its Latino population, are experiencing a profound sinking feeling.

"What has been done here is completely shameful because there has been total indifference to the...

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Environmental Leader Rep. Grijalva Speaks Out About Crucial Issues for Latinos and the Nation as a Whole

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 11:23 AM

In his 12-year legislative career in Congress, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has been a champion of the environment and the protection of public health from the daily bombardment of toxic pollution. As the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, his work on issues such as...

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The Surging Tide of Clean Energy Worldwide

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 8:39 AM

Clean is in the air. The wave of good news about clean energy fills us with optimism in the fight of our lives. Since the Paris Climate Agreement in December, the 21st Century's clean energy revolution is unstoppable.

San Diego, the U.S. fifth largest city, announced a few weeks...

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How to Save Millions of Lives and the Planet's Future

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 4:50 PM

The more I think about it, the harder I find it to compare the Paris Climate Agreement with any other historic event, at least in recent history. For my daughter's generation, this could very well be an alpha-omega moment, the end of a terrible threat and the beginning of a...

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The Heroic Resistance of a Latino Community Besieged by Fracking

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:41 AM

If I were a presidential candidate (fat chance!) and someone asked me whom I admire the most, I would answer any of the hundreds of heroes who defend their communities against a daily toxic bombardment.

This siege takes place in hundreds of Latino communities across the country, and one of...

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The Pope's Lesson: Now There's a Moral Price to Pay for Climate Denial

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 9:47 AM

Pope Francisco's visit to Washington, DC, felt like a gust of fresh air. And he left us a rosary of unforgettable sentences, including my favorite one: "I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of 'dreams'."

For Francisco, "America" means much more than the United States....

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The Incredible Shrinking Mineral: How It Went from King Coal to Coal Kills

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 7:09 AM

In just a decade, coal has gone from King Coal to Coal Kills. From fueling development around the world to a dangerous, dirty mineral in steep decline.

Coal is a dead man walking because of two fundamental reasons: the revelation of the true cost of its deadly pollution...

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Great News for Latinos: 200 Closed Coal-Burning Plants in the U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:15 PM

Fifteen years ago, the Bush administration formed an Energy Task Force led by Vice President Cheney, who surrounded it with hermetic secrecy to dictate the new US energy policy.

Its final conclusions turned out to be a windfall for the fossil fuel industry, including the construction of 200...

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Praised Be This Divine Intervention: The Pope Lowers the Hammer on the World's Deniers

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Panic mode has been declared among the world's climate change deniers. Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praised Be to You) about climate change has just caused the collapse of the house of cards sustaining the arguments of the Flat Earth Society.

The historic document --addressed to 1.2 billion...

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Richmond, California: Exhibit A of Polluters' Cruelty

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 6:02 PM

All too often, irony knows no shame, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable members of our society. Take Richmond, California, a mostly Latino and African-American low-income community that is subject to one of the country's most intense fossil fuel pollution bombardments.

The toxic siege is relentless. Richmond --40...

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A No Brainer: Strengthen Air Quality Standards Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Does your kid have learning problems? Does he have problems concentrating and he is easily distracted? Is he doing poorly in school?

There can be a host of reasons for these problems. But a recent study is confirming the notion that pollution coming from fossil fuels, such as...

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Sick and Tired of Pollution, Latino Kids Fight Back Armed With Courage and Wit

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Lupita Pérez had just had it breathing dirty air during her young life. At 14, she has decided to join the fight for a clean air future for her baby sister, who will be born in the next few weeks.

"Babies are not born with asthma. They get it because...

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Keystone XL and Its Corrosive Effect on Democracy

(6) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:05 PM

If there were a Climate's Hall of Infamy, the 62 senators who voted to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) would have a place of honor there.

On January 29, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats voted in favor of forcing the construction of this monument to Big...

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Utilities in Several States Have a Present for You This Holiday Season: A Lump of Coal

(20) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:43 AM

'Tis the season to give and share and not to receive, to show our generosity with the less fortunate.

Unless, of course, it comes to the dozens of power utilities across the country that want to turn off the lights of the bright future of clean and renewable energy.

The...

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Rolling Bombs: Millions of Latinos Live Next Door to a Public Menace, Oil Trains

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Juan Parras knows well what it means to live surrounded by rolling bombs, and the frequent sound of the whistling engines pulling more than 100-car trains loaded with oil crude into his community is a constant reminder.

Parras lives and works in Manchester, the Houston Latino barrio with some of...

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Nobel Laureate Mario Molina: Denying Climate Change 'Outrageous', 'Hugely Irrational'

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Out of the thousands of signs carried by the 400,000 participants in the People´s Climate March in New York City last Sunday, there were two that really stayed with me. One read: "Mother Earth is not a merchandise," and the other: "End environmental racism!"

Both define well the

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The Tyranny of Asthma: How the EPA Can Help Fight This Scourge on Latinos

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Fear is Pati Calzada's constant companion. Her six-year old son, Abraham, has asthma, and his frequent attacks fill them both with terror and anguish.

"He gets scared and calls me, 'Mommy!' And I can hear him wheezing, and he asks me, 'why can't I breathe?' And then I have to...

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A Monumental Symphony and 3 Sour Notes Crying Wolf

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:44 PM

When President Obama signed the proclamation to designate the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument in May, it was the last stitch of a tapestry to weave together several natural sites of extraordinary beauty and cultural significance.

The monument, located in Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico, is...

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