Low-Income Communities Bear Most of the Burden of Climate Change

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It shouldn’t come as a shock that we don’t treat our planet as respectfully as we could. A major result of the lack of love and appreciation we have for the Earth is climate change. Through the burning of fossil fuels, cutting down forests, and other harmful practices, greenhouse gases increase causing global warming. Sure, our planet has always faced changes but over the years these have occurred much faster than they ever did before thanks to human activity.

What is climate change?

Climate change means that the average conditions have changed in a region over time. This is more than just a few bouts of odd weather here and there. Climate change focuses on long-term transformations such as warming temperatures. Results of these increased temperatures include ice melting at a faster rate than normal, shrinking glaciers, and rising sea levels. There are more floods, droughts, and extreme weather events occurring too.

How does climate change affect us?

Climate change has already started to interfere with our food, water, and air.

The increase in temperatures put fruit and vegetable supplies at risk. When extreme weather events occur and we can’t predict the patterns of precipitation, this shakes up our food system.

Many countries can’t supply enough water to meet the needs of the people who live there. Not being able to predict the precipitation levels paired with the increased development and population is leading to a global water crisis.

The air we breathe is also negatively impacted as carbon dioxide levels rise as a result of climate change. People who are allergic to pollen are also highly affected.

Mental health gets worse after natural disasters and the risk of disease increases.

Simply put, climate change is not good for the health of anyone.

Why are low-income communities hurt more?

Low-income communities tend to lack the basic resources necessary to live a comfortable life. When climate change is added on top of these inequalities and life becomes even more difficult. Here's how:

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