It can be hard to wrap our heads around the current state of the world without feeling dread about what comes next. Despite what some politicians may claim, we did not conquer the pandemic. While it could have been far worse, the current situation sees us slowly coast our way out of it in a wake of numerous avoidable tragedies.
Many have died who could have been saved. Others are dealing with possible permanent disabilities from long COVID. Our healthcare systems are breaking down as hospitals lose doctors and nurses to burnout. The housing market has become even crazier than before the pandemic started, as more find themselves without housing and living in encampments. And we might be heading into a recession on top of all that.
That’s just a few things at the forefront. No use in mentioning the rest because that just becomes an increasingly depressing list after a while. Instead, we’re taking a look at an issue that has never really left, but lingered in the background amongst all the other ills of the world at the moment: climate change.
As much of an existential crisis as climate change is, it doesn’t affect all of us the same. For example, richer and more affluent neighbourhoods have more tree cover in their areas. Meanwhile, poorer areas are more or less concrete oceans left to deal with the full brunt of the urban heat island effect.
That’s just one example amongst many other inequalities. We asked a few writers from around the region to weigh in on what they think of when it comes to climate justice, and how we move forward.
~The insideWaterloo Team
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