A highlight from Beverly Wright pushes for equity and justice in climate policy
I'm dr anthony leiserowitz and this is climate connections burning fossil fuels at power. Plants and factories does not only produce carbon pollution. It also releases other toxic air pollutants that can harm the health of nearby residents. Those residents are disproportionately low income. People of color. Beverly right is founder of the deep south center for environmental justice. She says fighting climate change can go hand in hand with protecting vulnerable communities but it requires a strategic approach. We think that equity injustice should also be included in looking at carbon trading carbon pricing. The idea behind carbon pricing is that putting a price on carbon pollution encourages companies to reduce it but the reductions might not occur locally for example companies could pay other businesses or nonprofits to cut emissions elsewhere while continuing to pollute at home that would benefit the climate but not the health of the nearby community. So right says that to improve equity climate policies must be designed to benefit both people and the planet when it comes to carbon trading and pricing the bottom line is if it does not include a reduction in co pollutants than. It's not just and it's not dealing with the racial equity that exists in country Climate connections is produced by the for environmental communication to hear more stories like this visit. Climate connections dot org.