Killer Combination: Climate, Health and Poverty

Experts have warned us that COVID-19 is just one example of climate change-related diseases on the rise. And while climate disruption, environmental health and the current pandemic may seem like three distinct problems, to those in the health and environmental justice field, that’s not the case. "All of them are connected," says Adrienne Hollis of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "And the underlying cause is systemic racism." "If you want to address pandemics, and you want to address climate change, you’ve got to focus on equity," agrees Aaron Bernstein of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. "And the solution, and the great news in some ways, is that these actions you need to take are one and the same." How are heat, lack of sanitation, and other environmental issues killing Americans in underserved communities? A conversation on what happens when climate, health, and poverty converge. Guests: Catherine Coleman Flowers, Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice; Author, Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret  (The New Press, 2020) Adrienne Hollis, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health  Related Links: Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret (Catherine Coleman Flowers) Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice Mapping Environmental Justice in the Biden-Harris Administration (Center for American Progress) C-Change – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Welcome to “Cancer Alley” (ProPublica) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One