Climate change is exacerbating long-standing systemic inequities. In North Carolina, after sustained reporting on climate science, a state legislative Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan explicitly explains how already vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected by climate change. Climate change is unequally felt in Inuit communities, where the demand for cheap hydropower continues the cultural and environmental degradation triggered by colonialism. Forms of environmental racism are evident in the overrepresentation of brownfields in Black, brown, and poor communities.
Hip Hop Caucus founder Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. speaks to the issues of environmental racism and climate justice in a conversation with Leilani Rania Ganser, the Pulitzer Center's grants and impact coordinator.
This session was recorded on April 20, 2021, as part of the Pulitzer Center’s annual conference, Environment (Re)Defined. All conference session recordings will be available on our Webinars On-Demand page.