12 Sep '17, 6pm

We Need a Super Storm of Caring Folks to Fight Against Systemic Injustice

By Dr. Jason von Meding and Heidi Harmon It is unusual for disasters to garner as much sustained coverage in the media as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have. Authors have been able to explore complex aspects of disasters in more nuanced ways than fleeting public interest generally allows. Whilst it is critical to discuss the issues around urban planning, emergency management funding, insurance, evacuations, pollutants, an impending housing crisis and, of course, the influence of climate change on hurricanes—these disasters, like every other, are ultimately about vulnerability in our society. They are about structural injustice. And they are very, very political. Harvey impacted the poor, the undocumented, the elderly and the disabled disproportionately. While the impacts of Irma are still being assessed, a similar distribution is expected. We must not only ask how the most vu...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/systematic-injustice-2484443866....

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