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Demetres Fair holds a towel over his daughter Damouri Fair, 2, as they are rescued by boat by members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Houston Fire Department during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Monday, Aug.

How Do We Talk About Climate Justice After Hurricane Harvey?

When the National Weather Service called Hurricane Harvey an “unprecedented” event with unknown impacts, people only needed to look at 2005’s Hurricane Katrina or 2012’s Hurricane Sandy see what communities would likely be affected the most. 

 

Bryan Parras the co-founder of t.e.j.a.s, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, says it’s never too late to talk about how climate change affects marginalized communities more than anyone else. Hundreds of years of black culture was erased from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and black and Latinos in New Jersey found it more difficult to get relief after Hurricane Sandy than their white neighbors. 

Bryan Parras joins Worldview to discuss the cross section between the fight against climate change and justice for marginalized people.

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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