Climate change is threatening the whole world, but communities of color and lower incomes are experiencing the effects at a disproportionate rate. Exposure to toxic pollutants also typically hits low-income communities and communities of color the hardest. Green America strives to expose these disparities and to share what these communities are doing to combat the potentially deadly threats their neighborhoods face.
Environmental and climate justice calls for new policies on the climate crisis and emphasizes the need for action within the communities that are affected most by the changing climate. According to the NAACP, race is the number one indicator for the placement of polluting facilities in this country – a clear example of how change is needed on a country-wide scale.
From environmental activism, like growing community gardens, to pushing for policy change, people across the country are standing up for clean water, clean food, and clean air. By participating in efforts to decrease global warming and its effects on human health, we can do our part to fight the climate crisis.
Be inspired by what these communities are doing to make a difference, and find out what you can do to help.