Climate Justice

Climate change poses special health and environmental threats, especially to vulnerable populations. Will the U.S. government’s response to climate change be fair? Does fairness matter?  Responses to these questions lend itself to the definition of climate justice.  As stated earlier, people of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change, due to rising temperatures, increased pollution levels and the negative effects of global warming.  Examples are:

  • States with the largest population of African Americans (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina) are located in the Atlantic hurricane zone and are expected to experience many more storms similar to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.