America Ferrera profiles prominent climate skeptic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute as he crusades against clean energy, as well as investigates the battle over the future of renewable energy in the U.S. as part of National Geographic's documentary series Years of Living Dangerously.
As part of the series, the Honduran actress and activist investigates a controversial coal plant in Waukegan, Illinois, a town with large Latinx and Black populations.
She spoke to Latina about her thoughts and findings. Here are some of the stand-out quotes from the interview:
I went to Waukegan, Illinois to hear from a community fighting against a powerful energy company to shut down the coal plant in their backyard. I spoke to Michael Bloomberg, elected officials, and @beyondcoal campaign to try to understand the U.S.’ controversial dependence on coal plants that emit climate-altering carbon dioxide but still remain a major source of energy. You can watch it all tonight in @YEARSofLIVING's season finale! 10/9c on @NatGeoChannel #YEARSproject http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/story/the-coal-wars/
"Issues of immigration, war and conflict will continue to be massively impacted by climate change. Climate change is not one issue; it’s so many different issues. It’s important for all of us."
"What we found in the story is that so many of the people living around these coal plants felt massive impacts on their health. As if that wasn’t important enough, there’s also a massive economic and business risk to these communities that get handicapped and paralyzed by these coal plants and the coal industry that refuses to transition into something that is more beneficial to economies."
"I think people are becoming aware that if you are a person of color, then you are more likely to be affected by polluted air and undrinkable water, water that’s making you sick, along with other environmental factors."
"I saw interesting connections between communities where the abuse of their health is allowed to go on and an economic and educational disenfranchisement that stops those communities from pushing back. If you are a person of color, you’re more likely to be living in an environment that’s making you sick."
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