Environmental Justice During a Syndemic: Challenges & Opportunities for Social Change

In America, COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting people of color with higher morbidity and mortality rates, but this is not the only pandemic impacting these populations. The nation’s most polluted and high poverty areas are often highly racially segregated, contributing to another pandemic: the differential impacts of climate change. Dr. Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland Associate Professor of Applied Environmental Health, will highlight some of the challenges presented during this syndemic, explore how climate change will worsen the health outcomes for frontline and fenceline communities, and discuss how community engagement can improve the lives of people of color and other differentially impacted groups. 

This session is part of the Fall Speaker Series, which explores the connection between science and culture, looking at how communities are adapting to build climate resilience. This series will take place virtually via Zoom.

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