[Educator-Gold] ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : AFRICAN AMERICANS: Black Lives Matter Is Right: Climate Change Is Race Related

 

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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

AFRICAN AMERICANS:

Black Lives Matter Is Right: Climate Change Is Race Related

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Black Lives Matter Is Right: Climate Change Is Race Related

September 9, 2016

Asad Rehman

Posted with permission from Newsweek

Raw Story

https://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/
black-lives-matter-is-right-climate-change-is-race-related/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/j37k8a8

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Some people really dont like facts, preferring to be swayed by feeling, hearsay, assumption, and whatever comes along to affirm their own world view. Its would be interesting if it didnt have so much capacity to do damage.

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Friends of the Earth were called racist and all sorts of things yesterday by the keyboard warrior contingent for supporting the Black Lives Matter protest at City Airport.

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Facts may not be very good at changing peoples minds but we are not yet so deeply into a post-factual society that we shouldnt at least consider them. Heres an honest to God, straight up and down fact:

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We have just witnessed a record-breaking 14 consecutive months of the hottest global temperatures since records began, with vanishing Arctic sea ice and the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef just the latest reality we have to face. Scientists say we have to go back 120,000 years before we find hotter temperatures than those currently recorded and are now predicting sea level rises of 10 feet by 2065. Think of some of the largest cities in the world and where they areRio, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Shanghaito realize what sea level rises will mean.

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Climate scientists, governments, civil society and anyone else thinking rationally recognize that the impact of our carbon pollution will mean failing agriculture, greater food insecurity, more intense droughts and floods, record-breaking super typhoons and hurricanes, increased water shortages, more extreme weather. These elements lead to the forced displacement of people, and an increase in conflicts, and this is happening now.

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Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in 2013, left 7,000 dead and 2 million homeless. Floods in Pakistan in 2010 affected 20 million people. This years heatwave in India and Pakistan hit 51C, while in the Sahel (the sub-Saharan region of Africa) drought has affected 23 million, and left 3.5 million displaced. Just one tropical storm, Erika, which hit the Caribbean island of Dominica last year, put back development gains by 20 years. And all this is happening at an average temperature of increase of 1C.

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Its hard to put an accurate estimate on how many lives are lost each year to climate change, or how many communities destroyed. Some figures suggest up to 700,000 additional deaths per year, although climate change fans every existing inequality in the world.

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Who are these people who are dying, and who is responsible? Its the greatest injustice of climate change, that those who are the least responsible for causing the climate crisis, are the first to suffer. The poor, the marginalized, the indigenous communities are on the frontlineand they are overwhelmingly people of color in developing countries. And where it is richer, more developed countries dealing with wildfires, such as those in Australia, the U.S. or the floods in Europe, they invariably have more resources to deal with the impact.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
David Dillard
Temple University
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