Ep 87: Environmental Racism and Climate Change – with guest Dr. Gregory Simpson

environmental racism

From islands in the South Pacific that are drowning under rising waters to communities like Flint, Michigan, communities of color, both in the US and around the world, are hit harder from climate change. It’s something called environmental racism.  Sadly, sometimes these communities do little to contribute to climate change.

But surprisingly, some people within these communities don’t even know the problems that exist within their own community.  For them, this is just the way it is. They don’t know it any other way.

Today, our guest is Dr. Gregory Simpson. Gregory is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and has a doctorate in organic chemistry.  Gregory believes the key to combating environmental racism, and even climate change, boils down to education.  And right now, education leaves a lot to be desired.

Gregory co-founded Learning for Life Solutions, an organization that identifies students’ passions to help them learn.  Through education, everyone will have a voice when it comes to climate change.  And, let’s face it, climate change is such a complex problem that it’s going to take all of us to solve it.

For patrons of this podcast, check out the bonus material at Patreon.  You’ll find resources in how to talk to your kids about climate change, as well as how you can learn more about environmental racism.  If you are not a patron and want to become one, you can join at Patreon.com/sparkdialog.  Thank you all for your support!

Some of the background music you heard are clips from:

River Flute by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4713-river-flute
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Tea Roots by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4462-tea-roots

FORGET ME OR NOT by BOCrew (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/BOCrew/32846 Ft: JAMES NICK SOLDER / THEDEEPR

I Dunno (Grapes of Wrath Mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/56346 Ft: Jlang, 4nsic, grapes
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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