The climate crisis is happening right now. Extreme weather events are becoming more and more frequent as they expose the vulnerabilities of those not able to adequately prepare for such emergencies. Black and Indigenous communities bear the brunt of these events that are exacerbated by other socio-economic factors like poverty, and systematic racism. We need investments in equitable climate solutions that center the concerns of Black communities.
Climate change is a bi-product of an economic system based on extraction, exploitation, accumulation through dispossession, and white supremacy. Climate change is not an isolated crisis, but a symptom of an economic system that jeopardizes the future of life on this planet. Climate change threatens everyone’s physical health, mental health, air water, food and shelter but some groups, especially the socially and economically disadvantaged, face greater risks than others. This is because where they live, income, health, language barriers and limited access to resources is usually an indication that these are communities of color, immigrants, low-income and people whose native language is not English.
The impacts of Climate change on Black Lives will continually get worse if we don’t take Climate Action now.