The recent Black Lives Matter protests peaked on June 6, when half a million people turned out in nearly 550 places across the United States. That was a single day in more than a month of protests that still continue to today.
Four recent polls — including one released this week by Civis Analytics, a data science firm that works with businesses and Democratic campaigns — suggest that about 15 million to 26 million people in the United States have participated in demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and others in recent weeks.
Black Lives Matter
In any crisis, it is the most marginalized and vulnerable that suffer the greatest impacts — climate change is no different.
In the United States, disproportionate percentages of Black people live in places that are polluted with toxic waste, leading to negative health effects like cancer, asthma, and more.
Black communities are also disproportionately located in areas that are physically vulnerable to climate hazards like hurricanes and flooding. Make no mistake: this is intentional. This is directed, targeted violence towards Black communities, who are routinely pushed out of their communities and into vulnerable margins. We’ve also seen this first hand with Hurricane Katrina and Harvey ravaging the cities of New Orleans and Houston, impacting nearly 30 million people.
Last week and this week mark the anniversaries of those two hurricanes making landfall, and we are reminded that climate justice is racial justice.
RISE St. James
RISE St. James is a faith-based grassroots environmental organization located in St. James, Louisiana. They fight to keep chemical/industrial plants and facilities out of their already polluted community.
The predominantly Black community of St. James has already been sickened by industrial polluters. The region is referred to as “Cancer Alley” or “Death Alley” by those who live and die there, and a new plastic plant will pose a greater risk to public health.
They are currently advocating to stop Formosa Plastics, a Taiwan-based company, from building the largest facility in North America in St. James. If built, the plant would double the level of toxic emissions in the parish — which is already among the highest in the country.
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