Communities of color hit hardest by heatwaves

Reann Gibson, Boston Globe
July 14, 2020

This article discusses the disproportionate effect of heatwaves on “the most disinvested communities” – communities of color – in both the Boston area and nationally. Importantly, Gibson emphasizes the need for solutions shaped by community members – those who will be directly impacted by new policies and procedures.

The COVID-19 recovery process offers an opportunity to prepare high-risk communities for the climate challenges they will disproportionately face as temperatures rise. In the short term, cooling plans need to support social distancing, and over the long term, equitable development plans need to green, cool, and resource Black and brown communities. There are practical solutions in the work our community-based partners have been leading for decades.

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