Let me recommend an article from Scientific American back in April of this year: COVID-19 and Climate Change Threats Compound in Minority Communities, by Kristoffer Tigue. The sub-title is “Port Arthur, Tex., is a case in point: disproportionately hit by hurricanes, fossil-fuel pollution and now the coronavirus”
A 2018 federal report concluded that low-income communities already have higher rates of myriad health conditions, are more exposed to environmental hazards and take longer to bounce back from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.
It’s now clear that the frontline communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are the same communities most at risk of contracting and dying from Covid-19, said Sabrina McCormick, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.Kristoffer Tigue
Or how about this interview with activist Elizabeth Yeampierre, by BETH GARDINER of The Yale School of the Environment, in June of this year: Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change.
The communities 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.Elizabeth Yeampierre of the Climate Justice Alliance
Something more recent? Here’s an article presented by The Thomas Reuters Foundation News: COVID, unrest, climate seen as recipe for worsening U.S. housing inequality by Matthew Lavietes.
Coronavirus, racial tensions and climate disasters have combined to worsen already deep housing inequalities, with far more Black and Hispanic Americans falling behind in rents and mortgages than their white counterparts, a key report said on Thursday.
The COVID-19 pandemic put people out of work, racial unrest exposed inequity and extreme weather linked to global warming is worsening, said the study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS).Matthew Lavietes
SEE it. ACKNOWLEDGE it. Drag each piece of the problem into the light and insist that all parts be worked on systemically, because that’s what each piece and the whole problem is: a system of inequality and injustice structured to elevate the white and the well-off at the expense of the Black, the POC, and the poor.
Mother Earth doesn’t care what color you are or how much wealth you have.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about siblings in a scenario where one is victimized by another.