Quote of the Day, June 19, 2012
The wealthy and middle class are equally vulnerable to the immediate water effects. But they will have so many other resources in terms of getting out of the way and restarting. The poor are going to be trapped with having lost everything – including family members – and will have no money or resources” to recover. — Jennifer Leaning, professor of health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health
Poverty really makes a difference in one’s ability to survive these events. It impacts the ability of people to adapt individually through purchasing an air-conditioner, locating an air-conditioned space, having a car to transport them away, or having connections to others who can help them get over a disaster. — Jerold Kayden, professor of urban planning and design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
These two quotes appear in part seven of the Environmental Health News’s 10 part series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. The article asserts that class disparities will become even more apparent as the effects of climate change become more evident.