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10 Black Leaders in Sustainability You Should Know

Black leaders have long been at the front line of the battle for our planet’s health –  against climate change and for food and environmental justice issues. Sustainability cannot be separated from issues of race, because communities of color are more likely to suffer the direct impacts of climate change. In honor of Black History Month, here are 10 Black leaders in the sustainability movement whose work has positively benefited all of us.

What is an Urban Heat Island?

Did you know some urban neighborhoods in Nashville can be up to 17 degrees hotter than in nearby rural areas? Moreover, communities of color are more likely to live in hotter places, putting them at greater risk for heat-related deaths and injuries.⁠

What is Climate Change?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas.