They’re asking the nation to pay its fair share to help communities feeling the worst effects of climate change.
Rev. Michael Malcom is the executive director of the Birmingham, Alabama-based People’s Justice Council.
He pointed out that Black, Brown and other historically vulnerable communities are disproportionately experiencing loss and damage from climate disasters – and are the least likely to have the resources to rebuild.
“All of us in the South, I would say, are aware of the effects of climate change,” said Malcom, “because we are the ones that are being hit – I would say the hardest – particularly in the gulf region.”
Research shows warming global temperatures will likely make parts of the southern U.S. more tropical, fostering the spread of insect-borne diseases and invasive species, extreme temperatures and heavy rain events.
Susannah Tuttle is the director of the North Carolina Council of Churches Eco-Justice Connection Program, and is community liaison for the USCAN’s Fair Share program.