The Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change on BIPOC and Low-Income Communities


by : 
Rowan E.


We only have eleven years left to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. Despite increased awareness about how to mitigate climate change, systemic racism has already caused low-income and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to face the greater burden of its consequences. From extensive droughts to increased flooding, to intense air pollution, the lives of minorities are at greater risk compared to the majority and their white counterparts. It is crucial that we figure out why this injustice has occurred and what we can do to reduce the impacts. By using action research, databases, and summarizing, this project explores ways we can help marginalized communities, specifically Palo Alto’s neighboring city, East Palo Alto.