Climate justice is an issue of racial justice because the United States still has residential segregation which ultimately means that there are issues tied to race because certain neighborhoods primarily consist of one race. Communities that are often exposed to environmental hazards are communities of color which show that these communities are at a disadvantage and the risk that these hazards pose directly affect communities of color. One of the main causes of climate change is the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and because mostly poor communities of color are likely to be next to power plants and refineries that emit these gases they are the ones that are getting directly affected by respiratory illnesses and cancers that these gasses cause.
When studying the US population it showed that African Americans were three times more likely to die of airborne pollution than all the United States. Another example of how there is a link between climate justice and race is that the United States produces around six trillion pounds of over 80,000 different chemicals, those chemicals haven’t been screened to see the real threat they pose. Since these sites are put in areas that mostly contain minorities we can see that minorities are the ones that are directly affected by the ambiguous threat that these chemicals pose. In Houston there was a study that found that 82% of all the waste in Houston was dumped in all-black neighborhoods although only 25% of Houston’s population was black. This shows that now black neighborhoods are left to deal with the toxic waste of that city meanwhile it wasn’t all produced by them. Landfill waste is very toxic to the environment because once the waste rots it produces harmful gases contribute to the changes in our climate. In all when addressing climate change we need to address the racial issues that it poses: Landfill waste, chemical production and the burning of fossil fuels that emit gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane all cause our climate to change which leads to several respiratory problems that directly affect people of color showing that climate justice is racial justice.
Their is a link between climate change and race but their is also a link between race and disaster recovery which is seen in Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was the largest and third strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States, also having a death toll of over 1,000 people. Hurricane Katrina New Orleans however the lower ninth ward had the most damage. The lower ninth ward consists of 90% of its population being African american and 5% of its population being white. Once the hurricane hit the government's response to the people was slow and it was soon clear that the government was unprepared to deal with the severity of the hurricane. Race had an effect on the hurricane because it has been shown that black homeowners were three times more likely to be flooded than white homeowners because of its racially discriminated housing practices such as having black home-ownership be restricted to only certain neighborhoods. Even today 14 years after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans the lower ninth ward has lost more than half of its population before Katrina and still hasn't seen many repairs. Overall, we can see that their is a link between racial and climate change because of how it mainly affects minorities and because of how it affects the recovery effort they receive.