The Injustice Of Climate Change Impacts
In Sweltering South, Climate Change Is Now a Workplace Hazard; Workers laboring outdoors in southern states are wrestling with the personal and political consequences of a worsening environment.
Yamiche Alcindor, August 3, 2017 (NY Times)
“…[Galveston, TX, landscaper Adolfo Guerra’s co-worker vomited and convulsed after hours of mowing lawns in stifling heat. The man was quickly covered with ice and recovered. The landscapers spend] nine hours a day six days a week doing yard work…[The episode reveals] the dangers that exist for outdoor workers as the planet warms…[Instead of a polar bear, environmental justice advocates say, the climate change] icon should be a kid who is suffering from the negative impacts of climate change and increased air pollution, or a family where rising water is endangering their lives…[The seemingly small average warming of 2 degrees to 3 degrees Fahrenheit] leads to a much greater chance of extreme [weather and] heat waves, scientists say…[And the] unleashing of the fossil energy sector that Mr. Trump has championed could have [more immediate] repercussions…Communities surrounded by refineries and chemical plants, [face significantly increased levels of asthma and lung disease]…” click here for more