In a new update from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, it’s reported that nearly 9 million people die from the effects of pollution each year, including a disproportionate amount of people in the Global South.
These deaths, which are linked to pollution from industrialization, the burning of fossil fuels, and chemical exposures, have reportedly increased by more than 66 percent over the past two decades.
The same hazardous sources of pollution, including air pollution from wildfires and methane, are also major contributors to climate change, which disproportionately affects people in underserved communities who have contributed the least to the climate crisis.
The reality is that marginalized communities are already bearing the brunt of industrialization and effective climate action cannot occur until we incorporate community-led solutions from the people and communities on the frontline of climate change.
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.
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