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We're Listening To This Crucial Podcast About Climate Change

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 weeks ago | News

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Climate change is an issue steadily growing in global significance, but it is also one that gets closer to home every day. This is a subject recently explored by Abrahm Lustgarten on behalf of The New York Times. In a podcast episode and accompanying article, Lustgarten explains the intersectional implications of climate change and how it will ‘reshape America’.

“August besieged California with a heat unseen in generations… by midmonth, the state had recorded possibly the hottest temperature ever measured on earth – 130 degrees in Death Valley – and an otherworldly storm of lightning had cracked open the sky,” Lustgarten writes. “For two years, I have been studying how climate change will influence global migration. My sense was that of all the devastating consequences of a warming planet – changing landscapes, pandemics, mass extinctions – the potential movement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees across the planet stands to be among the most important.”

As weather extremes – from wildfires and droughts, to destructive floods and hurricanes – make life increasingly untenable in more and more parts of the country, rising sea levels threaten to displace even more Americans. So Lustgarten decided to interview a range of experts – from economists and demographers, to climate scientists and insurance executives, architects and urban planners, mapping out the main danger zones.

“What I found was a nation on the cusp of a great transformation,” he says. “Across the United States, some 162 million people – nearly one in two – will most likely experience a decline in the quality of their environment, namely more heat and less water.”

This will only serve, Lustgarten believes, to further amplify existing inequities. “It will eat away at prosperity, dealing repeated economic blows to coastal, rural and Southern regions, which could in turn push entire communities to the brink of collapse… This process has already begun in rural Louisiana and coastal Georgia, where low-income and Black and Indigenous communities face environmental change on top of poor health and extreme poverty.”

So now is the time to join the fight against climate change. And this is the podcast you need to listen to right now.

 

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