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WEEK 1 THEME: LAND

"Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” — Exodus 3:5 

DAY 1: REDLINING AND URBAN HEAT ISLANDS

   — LEARN —    

Research shows that cities are generally warmer than rural areas and that heat between neighborhoods in the same city can vary greatly. Today we will explore why neighborhoods that were "redlined" — marked as risky investments by banks, usually due to the racial makeup of their inhabitants— in the 1930s are hotter today than other parts of the city. 

Getting Started:

Going Deeper:

 
   — PRAY —   
  • Say a prayer for people living in urban heat islands across the world as global temperatures rise. Pray in a special way for communities who suffer higher rates of heat-related illnesses and deaths due to the legacy of redlining and unequal economic development.  
   — ACT —   
   — ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE VOCABULARY —   
 
Redlining: the practice of outlining areas with sizable Black populations in red ink on maps as a warning to mortgage lenders, effectively isolating Black people in areas that would suffer lower levels of investment than their white counterparts. 

The Brookings Institution
   — ADDITIONAL RESOURCES —   
NOTE: If you recently signed up for the 21-Day Catholic Environmental Justice Challenge, view all content from previous days here.
 
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