Climate change has a disproportionate impact on low-income and communities of color, and only exacerbates entrenched social inequity and the impacts of COVID-19. A Global Teach-In looks to rally design professionals around a commitment to change.
Both the COVID-19 pandemic and current worldwide protests against racial injustice reveal deeply entrenched social inequities that are far from new. Powerful responses to both crises acknowledge this truth and seek both short-term solutions as well as systemic change. When public attention subsides, the hard work will continue.
Underlying these injustices is the fact that fossil fuel emissions and climate change have a disproportionate impact on low-income and communities of color. With limited resources they must contend with climate hazards such as air pollution, which can cause increased rates of respiratory illness and vulnerability to disease; displacement from flooding, fires, and other natural disasters; migration because of drought, scarcity of clean water, and lack of food security; and heat waves and heat-related occupational illness. These impacts will only deepen and exacerbate current injustice if the root cause of climate change is not immediately addressed. Slowing and reversing the climate crisis requires a sustained focus and urgent commitment in the wake of the current pandemic: Once a threshold of global warming is crossed, climate change will continue to intensify and will be irreversible.
Read on >>>> Source: CarbonPositive: Pandemic, Injustice, and Climate Change | Architect Magazine