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Adrianna Quintero, Senior Attorney, Director, Latino Outreach, San Francisco

Adrianna Quintero

I’ve been with NRDC since 1999. I started as a litigator with NRDC's environmental health program, where I litigated cases aimed at getting the government and industry to protect public health. My main focus was safe drinking water, bottled water, pesticides and toxic air pollution. Encouraged by my amazing colleagues in the program I started working on engaging Latinos on environmental advocacy. It was a natural transition when we considered that Latinos were being so seriously impacted by environmental health threats. After writing the 2004 report, Hidden Danger: Environmental Health Threats in the Latino Community, I couldn’t turn back. I was now on a mission to engage and inform Latinos here and abroad in the environmental movement. Luckily, NRDC was on-board. We created La Onda Verde and have since worked to build environmental awareness among Latinos – a green wave (La Onda Verde) that has now begun to sweep over the country and the planet. We’re all part of the solution, no matter what language we speak.

Recent Posts

A Real Life Summer Bleakbuster

Posted April 7, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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...continued

Yes We Care

Posted January 22, 2014 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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....continued

The Tragic Toll of Extreme Weather on Vulnerable Nations

Posted November 12, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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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...continued

The Importance of Remembering Superstorm Sandy

Posted October 29, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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...continued

Americans (and Latino Americans) Message to Tea Party: We Want our EPA!

Posted October 17, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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...continued

EPA Acts to Protect Future Generations

Posted September 22, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This past June, President Obama brought a smile to my face when he unveiled his plan to tackle climate change. He laid out a clear plan to solve the problem in a way that mapped out our road to a...continued

Climate Change and the Importance of Dr. King's Call to Remain Awake

Posted August 28, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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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 writings, and in remembering...continued

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

Posted June 25, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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In a landmark speech today, 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;...continued

Let's Do This for Our Children

Posted June 24, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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...continued

Latinos, Robert Redford, and YOU: Who's Next to Call on President Obama to Tackle Climate Change?

Posted June 14, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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Summer is here, and for much of the country, it brings more than beach visits and shorts weather. As climate change drives our global temperatures upward, this summer brings with it the threat of deadly wildfires (like the fire already...continued

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

Posted May 14, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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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...continued

Papa Francisco I's Commitment to Helping the Poor Should Include Tackling Climate Change

Posted March 14, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Environmental Justice, Solving Global Warming

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“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...continued

Obama Commits to Tackle Climate Change and Make Communities Stronger

Posted February 13, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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After witnessing a year of extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy and one of the worst droughts in history, hearing President Obama reaffirm his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address was a breath of...continued

President Obama Vows Action on Climate; Latino Groups Support Swift Action

Posted January 22, 2013 by Adrianna Quintero

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In his second inaugural speech yesterday, President Obama presented his vision for the future of our country, calling on us to seize the moment and highlighting the strength of our country's diversity. For Latinos across the nation there was much to...continued

Superstorm Sandy Reminds Us Why We Have to Care About Climate Change

Posted October 31, 2012 by Adrianna Quintero in Solving Global Warming

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Over the years I’ve written several blogs about the connection between extreme weather and climate change, so watching Sandy pummel the East Coast compelled me to revisit this issue once again. Watching the images of Sandy leaving a path of...continued

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