Who is affected by climate change and climate injustice

We are all affected by climate change. We all have a story to tell about how this global problem will affect us and the planet we live on. However, some people are already feeling the impacts of climate change more directly than others. Often these are the people who have done the least to cause the problem…

  • Young people face an uncertain future, growing up in a world of rapidly rising temperatures. An “affected community” of billions of young people could confront the current generation of politicians who may not be around to see the mess they are creating.
  • Farmers in Europe, as in other parts of the world, face increasing problems due to changing agricultural patterns. Industrial agriculture is responsible for a large proportion of the greenhouse gasses, but small-scale farmers can be part of the solution!
  • Local communities are affected by false solutions such as nuclear power and so-called “clean coal” in the form of dirty and dangerous power stations, waste dumps, and health impacts. Combining stories of local impacts, and local struggles, with global issues of climate change could help decision makers to create a better energy policy for all.
  • Low income families are the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change- due to lack of insurance and poorer physical health, and because they pay a higher percentage of their incomes on energy. Climate justice means a redistribution of power and wealth within our society.

The Friends of the Earth Europe description of climate justice in Europe may give you some other ideas for affected communities you could reach out to.

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