Climate Mental Health
"I long for the day when low-income, black, Indigenous, and people of color do not suffer disproportionately from the irresponsible stewardship that we all contribute to." Dr Jalonne White-Newsome
People from marginalized communities disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change as they often live in communities that experience more natural disasters, higher air pollution, or higher temperatures. Exposure to these hazards may lead to increased damage to or loss of infrastructure and homes, health issues, and possibly even forced migration. Due to these disproportionate effects, climate justice shouldbe at the center of every discussion about climate change and its impacts on health. Climate justice is not possible without racial justice.
Acknowledge people from under-resourced and overburdened communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change
Include diverse sets of voices, especially those most impacted
To successfully imagine a sustainable future and take collective climate action, a multitude of voices are needed including those of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities that are already living through and adapting to a changing world.
Include other ways of knowing
Much of the science taught across the curriculum is based on Western scientific approaches. Incorporating other ways of knowing about the natural world, such as Traditional Ecological Knowledge, or Indigenous Knowledge, refers to knowledge systems that Indigenous people have acquired over hundreds and thousands of years through their direct connection with the environment.