It’s well known that climate change disproportionately affects the US population who live in low-income communities. The latest report from Capstone specifically researched the effect that climate change has on the rights of people of African descent. And the findings were equally insightful and disappointing.
In this report, a person of African descent (PAD) is determined as someone who is of African origin. This includes people who are descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or more recent migrants.
These rights include:
- The right to life
- The right to health
- The right to adequate housing
- The right to adequate food
- The right to education
- The right to work
- The right to participate in public affairs
Four case studies were used for this study, so it should be noted that even though the ramifications of these climate change events were local, the trends and patterns identified are far reaching.