ICYMI: Confronting environmental racism earlier than, throughout, and after the pandemic

The Georgia town that was home to Ahmaud Arbery has an environmental racism problem

(Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza)

The literal air Brunswick residents breathe is tainted by racism. Brunswick homes 4 Superfund sites, and the city has 15 hazardous sites listed on Georgia’s hazardous web site stock; no St. Simons websites are on the checklist. All however one in all Brunswick’s hazardous websites lies inside a one-mile radius of a “majority-minority” inhabitants.

To reduce the impact of climate change, society must focus on post-pandemic recovery

(David A. Love)

Local weather change and pandemics are inextricably linked. The ravages of local weather change will end in extra pandemics, and each will take extra of a toll on communities of shade and the poor. Rising temperatures are impacting the migration patterns of disease-carrying animals. As human beings proceed their incursion into the pure world—deforestation, extracting pure assets, disrupting wildlife, and dislocating communities for the sake of economic growth and company profiteering—we’ll unleash extra microorganisms and create extra plagues.

As Californians face pandemic, environmental racism puts many lives at risk

(Audrey Carleton)

Based on estimates by the National Resources Defense Council, one in three Kern, California, residents lives inside a mile of an oil or gasoline properly, and 64% of residents who face elevated publicity to pollution-related well being threats are Latino. Such proximity is understood to trigger increased risk of asthma and bronchitis, diminished lung functioning, and different respiratory injury. The American Lung Affiliation’s 2020 State of the Air Report ranked Kern County amongst the worst in the country for its air air pollution ranges.

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