At Air Alliance Houston, we recognize the vital importance of addressing the factors driving climate change and that reducing air pollution can mitigate the impacts.
We must address climate change to fight air pollution, and vice versa. Air pollution is a major driver of global warming and, without urgent climate action, our air quality will further deteriorate, with significant health implications.
Here are some of the ways climate change worsens air pollution:
Climate Change and Environmental Justice
While global warming knows no boundaries, communities of color, low-wealth neighborhoods, and indigenous populations will be disproportionately affected by compromised health conditions, exacerbating existing financial burdens and the disruption of the social and cultural fabric of communities.
In addition, there is an inherent unfairness: those most vulnerable and with the fewest resources to adapt to or recover from the impacts of climate change are the least responsible for the emissions causing it – both in the US and globally.
We encourage everyone to become familiar with climate change and to take whatever steps they can to mitigate its causes. Explore these further resources to learn more.