2019-09-09 11:59:29

Why Environmental Racism Must Be Addressed in Climate Policy

Mattias Lehman, digital director of the Sunrise Movement, reacts to the CNN historic climate town hall, where Democratic presidential candidates outlined their plans for combating the climate crisis.

Lehman emphasizes that any climate proposal must take the issue of environmental racism seriously.

"This is a reality for a lot of people of color, for a lot of poor people — they bear the brunt of the beginnings of what climate change is bringing," says Lehman.

"I think when we look at climate change, racial justice and environmental justice [have] to be at the forefront of everything we're thinking about and doing because we can't just abandon the Global South… This is a fight for the future of our species and the future of our planet, and we have to all be in here together."

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