Climate change is one of the most pressing problems faced by today’s global community. Across the United States, we see constant reminders that climate change is here: record heat in the Pacific Northwest, wildlife smoke that hazes the air in Tennessee, or 100-year flood events happening way more frequently than expected.
And climate change is not just an environmental issue: it’s a social, cultural, economic, and political issue. Today’s climate movement is centering justice and equity in its approaches to solutions.
Young people did not cause the problem of climate change, but across the world, they are becoming some of the most vocal advocates for change. Youth, like Greta Thunberg, are household names and are using their voices to stand up to world leaders with calls for action. And more and more young people are finding their place in the climate movement.
In today’s episode of River Talks, we talk with Rachael Hood, an organizer with Youth for Appalachian Climate Justice. Rachael is a Master’s Student at West Virginia University and is one of several young people who recently started Youth for Appalachian Climate Justice to address climate change across Appalachia. We chat about climate justice, climate change in Appalachia, and the work her group is tackling in the region.
About Youth for Appalachian Climate Justice
In this podcast:
- What is Youth for Appalachian Climate Justice and how did it get started?
- What is climate justice?
- Why is it important to have a space exclusively for Appalachian youth?
- What are the climate impacts in Appalachia?
- What is the petrochemical buildout in Appalachia and what are the impacts?
- How can you support climate justice in Appalachia?
- ‘Thousand-year’ downpour led to deadly West Virginia floods
- Earth’s Freshwater Future: Extremes of Flood and Drought
- Appalachian Biodiversity
- Petrochemical Development in Appalachia Faces New Challenges
- Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight
- The Stay Project
- Black Appalachian Young and Rising
- Black in Appalachia Podcast
- Concerned Ohio River Residents
- Ohio River Vally Institute
- Stop Line 3 Pipeline