Eva Longoria talks about voting for climate issues in 2022

Speaking to PEOPLE on Saturday at the Vote Like a Madre event in Miami, Eva Longoria had a simple message: yes, vote like a mom this fall.

“Mothers don’t vote for themselves. They vote for their children, they vote for their mothers, they vote for their careers, they vote for their siblings and their community. So voting like a mother means a big thing. , it usually means you’re thinking about people outside of yourself,” Longoria explained.

The 47-year-old actress and activist added that “women make most of the household decisions – finances, education, healthcare, you name it, we do it. And that includes the planet.”

Longoria was at the event with latin victoryjoining with other community leaders to help mobilize Latin women to vote this year with a focus on climate-related issues.

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“The Latino community is not only severely affected by climate change, we are disproportionately affected by climate change,” Longoria told PEOPLE. “Our children are getting asthma at a faster rate than their white counterparts. We live in environmental zones – near highways, near freeways, with a lot of pollution.”

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“We feel like we’re one of the communities that can really lead this change in the smallest of ways,” Longoria continued. “Because when you’re ‘green’ it usually has an economic benefit – recycling, not wasting water, not using as much energy. So for Latin American families, if it affects our wallet, it’s something we’re likely to pay attention to.”

As for exactly how people can make a difference, Longoria said the most important thing is to make a voting plan.

“There are a lot of factors at play that disenfranchise our communities – making it harder to vote, changing where to vote, voter ID laws, and more. One thing we let’s see that works is this – hang out with the community, reminding people to check that their voter registration is up to date, has your polling place changed, do you need to drive further, can you miss work?” she shared.

And as voters search for their candidates in the coming months, Longoria and his team urge them to consider the climate.

“There’s a lot of environmental racism where we live. It’s an issue that faces everyone, as humanity,” she said. “We should all, as humans, care a lot about it. As Latinos, we are disproportionately affected by it, but I also think we can proportionally have a positive effect.”

Teresa H. Sadler