Skip Nav
Relationships
My Boyfriend Had to Choose Between His Mom and Me — and He Chose Me
Viral Videos
This Guy Surprised His Grandma With the SWEETEST Birthday Gift
Relationships
Successful Couples SWEAR By This Practical Secret to a Happy and Long Relationship

Climate Change Amplifies Inequalities, Hurts Blacks More?

A new report released by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative states that consequences of climate change extend beyond environmental, and into issues of human rights, race, and class. The research group says that climate change is especially harmful to African Americans, and low-income individuals.

The report maintains:

"Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites. . . .African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the US."

Following the release of the report, Congressman James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, reiterated the sentiment that climate change disproportionately impacts blacks. To find out what the Democratic leader, had to say

.

Speaking to the National Press Club, Congressman Clyburn said:

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being."

Some may think Clyburn is trying to morph environmental concerns into a race issue; but perhaps he just wants engage the black community in order to decrease the vulnerability. Those trying to raise awareness on climate justice point to Hurricane Katrina as an example of how marginalized individuals suffer more in times of climate crisis.

Do you think the African American community and disadvantaged people need a distinct voice in the climate change discussion?

Source

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Now....Not only did I predict you as being a fake cowboy...but on top of all things...you turn out to be Mexican! Disqised as a cowboy..Heath Ledger from broke back mountain..telling me that I can call you a wetback...which sounds stupid because Mexican Americans are also cosidered as minorities..mostly living in the same ghettos as I do..struggling just as bad as me... and my people...mixed in with the same illegal immigrants... that you had the audacity to mension in an earlier statement about Mexicans... also known to spawn powerful drug cartels in America! Come on Matamoros..I know your not black, but you can come better than that!
Matamoros Matamoros 7 years
"American...who never, ever, ever, ever, eeeeever lived or step one foot in a real ghetto! " Wrong. I've been in the South Bronx. I've been in Harlem. I've been in Lagos, Nigeria. I've been in Douala and Yaounde Cameroon - the world's biggest slums. I've been to the barrios of Mexico and Latin America and the worst parts of Manila. I don't have to African-American to understand anything. I wouldn't tell someone they don't understand something because they're black. You do not have to roll in the mud to know that it makes you dirty.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Naw it aint about name calling..thats just your avatar! You see I dont have to stoop down to your level! Im way too tall for that! But.... how on earth can someone who is not African American...who never, ever, ever, ever, eeeeever lived or step one foot in a real ghetto! Begin to understand anything about the amplified effects of climate change and inequalities of African Americans?
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Naw it aint about name calling..thats just your avatar! You see I dont have to stoop down to your level! Im way too tall for that! But.... how on earth can someone who is not African American...who never, ever, ever, ever, eeeeever lived or step one foot in a real ghetto! Begin to understand anything about the amplified effects of climate change and inequalities of African Americans?
Matamoros Matamoros 7 years
Fo show: "What University did this fake cowboy graduate from?" Actually, I have a number of university degrees including more than one post graduate degree including some from foreign universities. I probably speak at least four more languages than you do too. If your best rebuttal to my statements is an ad-hominem attack, then I can only assume that you have no intellectual counterpoint to what I have posted, but can only resort to an ad-hominem hoping to assemble an ideological lynch mob to enable your grand-finale of an ad-populum argument - a rhetorical error. You have no rebuttal based upon ad-rem? (What was said for those of you who did not have Latin in college.) If name calling and picking on my hat are the best you can do, you are the loser, and not me. If you want to insult me, perhaps call me a wetback. My grandmother was Mexican from Matamoros. Call me a greaser or something. At least your argument would then have a modicum of sense.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Now.. Mr Bush wanted to be a cowboy also...and you see where he led us!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Ha ha haaaaaaaaa haa hee hee hee whooooooo! We have ourselves a Wild Bill here folks! What University did this fake cowboy graduate from? Is this Americas answer to rebuilding its nation? PLEASE tell me it aint so!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
Ha ha haaaaaaaaa haa hee hee hee whooooooo! We have ourselves a Wild Bill here folks!What University did this fake cowboy graduate from? Is this Americas answer to rebuilding its nation? PLEASE tell me it aint so!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
For Our Entire Homeland-We as a nation...need to be more reponsible with dealing with disasters.....regardless of Race or Community!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
For Our Entire Homeland- We as a nation...need to be more reponsible with dealing with disasters.....regardless of Race or Community!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
One should clearly understand the difference in the situation here. Many of these people couldnt afford to move as freely as a more stable community could. Many didnt have the same opportunities, transportation..or money saved in banks as one from a more stable community had. If they did..they wouldve simply relocated. Deployment? These Victims were stranded without food or water for two weeks! Compare that to other American rescue missions.Looters, and the stadium? New Orleans was a murder capital. Lets not forget that criminals were amongs the chaos. They probably were thinking.....I need to survive! Why watch food go bad!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 7 years
One should clearly understand the difference in the situation here. Many of these people couldnt afford to move as freely as a more stable community could. Many didnt have the same opportunities, transportation..or money saved in banks as one from a more stable community had. If they did..they wouldve simply relocated. Deployment? These Victims were stranded without food or water for two weeks! Compare that to other American rescue missions. Looters, and the stadium? New Orleans was a murder capital. Lets not forget that criminals were amongs the chaos. They probably were thinking.....I need to survive! Why watch food go bad!
geebers geebers 8 years
I agree that we need to focus on economic disparity and not lump minorities into a group because it is misleading. It is the poor communities that are affected and yes, while many of these communities tend to be mostly black that does NOT mean they are the only areas we should focus on. There are plenty of poor white communities that need assistance in the same way. .
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I was deployed to New Orleans after Katrina (just as i was deployed around florida after the hurricanes) and I talked with many AA who chose to stay behind even after they were warned, and i asked them why? and they said they just didnt think it was going to be "that bad" they also didnt want to leave their homes/pets/ and the comfort of those familiar surroundings. BELIEVE ME, i have been through hurricanes here, and although it wasnt a CAT 3-5 coming at me I still stayed (we got the fringe of the storms and there were still trees through our roof and i had no power for three weeks) I stayed because I didnt want the hassle of bringing our pets to shelters and finding somewhere to stay. I also am required in my job to serve this community before during and after storms (I am FEMA trained in disaster relief) IF my community is told they HAVE to evacuate, I am required to stay in the shelters with everyone else, and I would have. My point is that its not an AA thing, or a New Orleans thing, its just human beings procrastinating, denying the inevitable (like living in a bowl), being stubborn and than having to live with those choices. Believe me they regretted those choices more often than not. AND not one person that i talked to blamed anyone but themselves, and most moved away permanently.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I was deployed to New Orleans after Katrina (just as i was deployed around florida after the hurricanes) and I talked with many AA who chose to stay behind even after they were warned, and i asked them why? and they said they just didnt think it was going to be "that bad" they also didnt want to leave their homes/pets/ and the comfort of those familiar surroundings. BELIEVE ME, i have been through hurricanes here, and although it wasnt a CAT 3-5 coming at me I still stayed (we got the fringe of the storms and there were still trees through our roof and i had no power for three weeks) I stayed because I didnt want the hassle of bringing our pets to shelters and finding somewhere to stay. I also am required in my job to serve this community before during and after storms (I am FEMA trained in disaster relief) IF my community is told they HAVE to evacuate, I am required to stay in the shelters with everyone else, and I would have. My point is that its not an AA thing, or a New Orleans thing, its just human beings procrastinating, denying the inevitable (like living in a bowl), being stubborn and than having to live with those choices. Believe me they regretted those choices more often than not. AND not one person that i talked to blamed anyone but themselves, and most moved away permanently.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I said it sounded like guilt - what he has to be guilty for that is something you must ask him. CG what did you think his statments meant, do you think the people in New Orleans would not be upset that someone talked down to them regardless if that was the purpose or not it was.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont think Undaves statements are based in guilt. What has he done to be guilty for?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont think Undaves statements are based in guilt. What has he done to be guilty for?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I know that wasn't your intention, which I just stated. I will say it again; I know it wasn't your intention to divide, but statements sometimes have unintended effects.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
lil---that was not my intention. My statments were to address those who had those thoughts. I never said you did. However, sometimes I read these comments and people think some AA sit around and talk about how the man keeps them down. Which is not the case. I understand the plight of the poor of all nationlities and how hard it is to overcome but I will never put them down for trying to survive and telling them that they should have known better. B/c what may be right for you or I is not right for everyone.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
lil---that was not my intention. My statments were to address those who had those thoughts. I never said you did. However, sometimes I read these comments and people think some AA sit around and talk about how the man keeps them down. Which is not the case. I understand the plight of the poor of all nationlities and how hard it is to overcome but I will never put them down for trying to survive and telling them that they should have known better. B/c what may be right for you or I is not right for everyone.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I didn't say your statement was meant to intentionally divide anyone, just that that is the effect those types of statements tend to have.I didn't call people stupid and I apologize if you think I "tried to seem better;" that was not my intention.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I didn't say your statement was meant to intentionally divide anyone, just that that is the effect those types of statements tend to have. I didn't call people stupid and I apologize if you think I "tried to seem better;" that was not my intention.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Lil, my point was what I c on these boards and generally the comments are not about poor whites but about generalizations about some AA. I do know that poor whatever race you are have problems; however, I am sticking to the issue and addressing comments made about AA and not other poor nationalities. My statment is not to divide anyone it is to state the facts that I have experienced and those that I know have experienced. It is not to downplay what others experience but more and more on these boards there are generalization that are made about poor people and not just poor people in general but AA. Nevertheless, dividing is calling people stupid and trying to seem better than them doesn't help your focus or comments.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Lil, my point was what I c on these boards and generally the comments are not about poor whites but about generalizations about some AA. I do know that poor whatever race you are have problems; however, I am sticking to the issue and addressing comments made about AA and not other poor nationalities. My statment is not to divide anyone it is to state the facts that I have experienced and those that I know have experienced. It is not to downplay what others experience but more and more on these boards there are generalization that are made about poor people and not just poor people in general but AA. Nevertheless, dividing is calling people stupid and trying to seem better than them doesn't help your focus or comments.
What Does the Government Shutdown Mean?
Hot Democratic Politicians
Front Page: EU Reaches Climate Change Agreement
Climate Change Effects Video
Stephen Colbert's Sister Is Running For Congress

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Love
X