Exploring climate justice

Olivia Aguilar, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and assistant professor at Mount Holyoke, explored the climate justice movement with Mic.

By Christian Feuerstein

A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that people of color in the United States are more likely than other groups to live in areas prone to catastrophic damage due to climate change. As a result, they will experience greater rates of deaths and health complications. In light of such inequities, there is a growing call for climate justice. 

“Climate change disproportionately impacts BIPOC communities and already overburdened communities, like women and lower-income families,” Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Olivia Aguilar, said to Mic for an article exploring the climate justice movement.

Meanwhile, Aguilar said, “The biggest contributors to climate change are billion-dollar corporations that receive tax breaks and subsidies, yet the individuals most impacted often lack resources and political clout to address it.”

Read the article.  

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