Climate Justice Month
Many environmental issues disproportionally affect low income and minority groups around the world. This month, take the time to learn and educate yourself on the environmental injustices that these communities face.
Climate change is more than just an environmental issue, it is also a civil rights issue. Improperly discarded toxic waste and rising sea levels threatening vulnerable communities and their homes are just some of the many issues that minority groups face.
This article better explains these environmental civil rights issues:
Climate justice stretches across more than just one nation. Scientists have found that developing countries in Asia and Africa are the most affected by extreme weather events and global warming.
This article features an interview with Deon Shekuza, a climate activist from Namibia who co-founded the Namibian Youth on Renewable Energy, discussing injustices being faced by communities in his home country.
Indigenous groups all around the world are perhaps one of the most prominent victims of the affects of climate change.
This article goes into depth about the devastating issues that vulnerable indigenous communities are forced to face.
Now that you've learned about the different ways climate change has been affecting low-income and minority groups, lets bring up a more local issue.
The Chinook Salmon have been a fundamental part of the aquatic ecosystem within the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. They are not only vital to struggling species of wildlife such as the orca whale, but they also play an important role within the culture of multiple indigenous tribes throughout the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
Throughout the years, many species of Chinook Salmon have been on the decline due to dam and culvert construction which causes stress to the fish and blocks their breeding and spawning grounds. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), two species of Chinook Salmon are currently listed as endangered and seven are listed as threatened. This decline poses a significant threat to both ecosystems and indigenous populations in the area.
Here are some articles and sites that explain more:
This article supplies basic information on the Chinook Salmon including their current status.
This article explains the current state of Washington's salmon and orca populations and what should be done in the future to resolve these issues.
This article explains the significant role that Chinook Salmon play within their ecosystem.
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