Environmental Justice work is dedicated to changing the current reality that people of color and lower income families are more likely to live near pollution sites and therefore, suffer adverse health and other effects that come with exposure. As our broader society increasingly feels the impact of climate change, these same communities bear the brunt of those effects including extreme heat.
“The communties that are most impacted by Covid, or by pollution, it’s not surprising that they’re the ones that are going to be most impacted by extreme weather events. And it’s not surprising that they’re the ones that are targeted for racial violence. It’s all the same communities, all over the United States. And you can’t treat one part of the problem without the other, because it’s so systemic.” Beth Gardiner, Yale Environment 360