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African American communities sit at the intersection of being disproportionately impacted by the drivers and the impacts of climate change. With 68% of African Americans living within 30 miles of coal fired power plants with their toxic emissions we are exposed to mercury, arsenic, lead, dioxin, benzene and a range of other toxins that have been linked with respiratory illnesses, learning challenges, poor birth outcomes, heart disease, and a number of other conditions with elevated incidence in

10/18/2012
When: 10/18/2012
4:15 PM
Where: Room 506
Contact: Erika Dupree
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COMMUNITIES OF COLOR- IN THE VICE BETWEEN DRIVERS AND IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE:

 

 A Presentation and Discussion with NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqueline Patterson

 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

UDC Law School – Room TBA

4:15 pm – 6:00 pm


African American communities sit at the intersection of being disproportionately impacted by the drivers and the impacts of climate change.  With 68% of African Americans living within 30 miles of coal fired power plants with their toxic emissions we are exposed to mercury, arsenic, lead, dioxin, benzene and a range of other toxins that have been linked with respiratory illnesses, learning challenges, poor birth outcomes, heart disease, and a number of other conditions with elevated incidence in our communities. Emissions from coal plants and other facilities also are leading contributors to climate change. At the same time African Americans are more economically, socially, and culturally vulnerable and thus more impacted by shifts in food supply, sea level rise, and the increase in frequency and severity of extreme events, which is driven by climate change.  At this session, we will discuss the impact of the drivers and the results of climate change as well as the solutions that communities are beginning to implement and how we can all play a role in turning the tide.

 


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