Race and Climate Change

Gregory A. Margida

This book chapter discusses how climate change must be approached as an issue of race as well. The negative effects of climate change are primarily felt in countries that are majority people of color, especially black and brown people, despite the fact that most of the planet’s CO2 emissions come from China, the United States, and Russia. 


The role of race and ethnicity in climate change polarization: evidence from a U.S. national survey experiment

Jonathon P. Schuldt, Adam R. Pearson

Research suggests that public divides on climate change may often be rooted in identity processes, driven in part by a motivation to associate with others with similar political and ideological views. The authors examined respondents’ climate beliefs and policy support, identification with groups that support environmental causes, and the sensitivity of these beliefs to other factors known to predict issue polarization (political orientation and issue framing). 


A Diversity Science Approach to Climate Change

Adam R. Pearson, Joanthon P. Schuldt

In this chapter, the authors draw on current psychological perspectives on social identity, identity-based motivation, and belonging to explore how race, ethnicity, and class shape public engagement with the issue, and key social psychological processes that may contribute to persistent and substantial disparities in the environmental sector.


Racism Increases Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change

The Office of Health Equality's Climate Change and Health Equity Program

The California Department of Public Health explains that both climate change and the health inequities share similar root causes: the inequitable distribution of social, political, and economic power and the subsequent creation of inequitable systems and living conditions. Climate change exacerbates the existing health inequities experienced by some communities of color.


Race and class are the biggest issues around Hurricane Harvey and we need to start talking about it

Charles D. Ellison

This article from the Root Magazine states that "Our national conversation on Hurricane Harvey should be much like those about Charlottesville, Va., or Flint, Mich. But as the Houston area braces for much more flooding, that won’t happen until receding floodwaters reveal the dangerously gaping holes of disparity between white haves and black have-nots."