By A. Onyeani (AST Staff)
New Jersey is the fastest warming state in United States.
New Jersey contains so many problems with the environments. The problems stems from climate change and they effect ethnic minority communities and their lifestyle in a way that is historic. For many years environmental bias has existed in the United States and New Jersey. The affect on low income communities and poor people in high income areas is a true blight to the great legacy of the state of New Jersey. Social justice is questioned when you have a NJ Turnpike that has a stench for miles on hand and the people of Linden, NJ suffer from all types of ills from this toxic enviornment. Environmental consequences include increased temperature, excess precipitation in some areas and droughts in others, extreme weather events, and increased sea level. These consequences adversely affect agricultural production, access to safe water, and worker productivity, and, by inundating land or making land uninhabitable and uncultivatable, will force many people to become environmental refugees.
New Jersey is a state that has a very diverse population. The Atlantic City area is a section of NJ that has always suffered from the effects of climate change. In Atlantic City, there are lots of residents who live in very low-lying areas and the flooding that affects them doesnt get the exposure that it needs. There were mitigation projects for flooding that helped their neighbors who have more money than them.
New Jersey is a place that has to address the climate change problems that affect minority communities, especially the ones made up of ethnic backgrounds that tend to be Black and Latino.