Climate Change From the Black Perspective
Connect to The Underrepresented Stories
A brighter future for our planet cannot begin until we are all willing to take an honest look at the parts of our collective existence that have been left in the shadows. The Climate Change From the Black Perspective (CCBP) Project aims to do just that by shining a light on the stories that don’t get the representation that they deserve from the channels that dominate the climate change narrative today.
On a bi-weekly basis, BEB features the critical work, advocacy initiatives, and truth-telling experiences of Black communities within the Global South.
The Relationship Between Climate Change & Child Marriage
Although child marriage is abolished in Northern Kenya, it has become an increasingly prevalent issue in recent years. Studies have shown links between droughts, flooding, and increased child marriage. These issues also exacerbate conflict leading more families to consider child marriage as a solution.
While marriage before age 18 was outlawed in Malawi in 2019, nearly 50 percent of girls in the country wed earlier and when Cyclone Idai hit. There was an instant spike in child marriages including in tented camps hastily established by the United Nations Refugee Agency and the country saw double the number of underage brides compared to before. (Aljazeera, 2020)
Young girls across the globe, specifically in the global south, are being objectified and exploited through forced marriage for survival against poverty, instability, housing insecurity, and conflict, all while environmental degradation is making it worse.
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1 / What is environmental racism?
Environmental racism is the conscious and systemic neglect of communities of colour through the dissemination and maintenance of policies that cause health hazards, and climate disasters and threaten the livelihoods of these communities.
2 / What causes environmental racism?
Environmental racism is caused by systemic racism which upholds the power structures of privilege that have shaped our world today. Through policy, laws, and institutional practices, communities of colour have been disproportionately impacted by climate disasters and the ongoing climate crisis.
3 / How can we stop environmental racism?
We can stop environmental racism by awareness initiatives focusing on the reality of climate injustice in our world today. Through awareness, we can encourage more attention and resources that can support more sustainable solutions for BIPOC communities worldwide.
4 / What regions of the world make up the Global South?
The Global South is a socio-economic term used to identify countries in regions including Latin America, The Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. These countries are generally located in the southern hemisphere and experience higher levels of economic disparity than their northern counterparts.