DAY 8: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ISSUE
— LEARN —
Climate change threatens everyone’s health, air, water, food, and shelter, but Black, Indigenous, and communities of color (BIPOC) face the greatest risks. Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires, as well as poor air quality and pollution, all have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, low-income communities and other vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and farmworkers. In addition, these impacted communities have the fewest resources to adapt to climate change and are also the least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions—both in the United States and globally.
— PRAY —
Prayers of Intercession for Climate Justice
| By Sr. Marlene Kelly GSIC | Shared by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Note: Feel free to add your own prayer requests, and you can substitute “We pray that the November UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow” in the first responsive prayer.
— ACT —
- We must assess our own role in climate change to begin to take action on climate justice. Calculate the size of your carbon footprint with the EPA's household Carbon Footprint Calculator. Commit to reduce your individual and household’s impacts.
- Do you rent your home? Sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin reducing your household carbon footprint when you don’t own your home. Check out the Renter’s Guide to Sustainable Living from the Climate Reality Project for easy-to-adopt practices for renters.