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Will Race, Income Inequalities Trip Up Cascadia’s Fight Against Climate Change?
This series explores the path to low-carbon energy for Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. All rely heavily on hydropower, are transitioning from resource extraction industries, have rapidly diversifying populations and face common challenges as they transition off fossil fuels. The project is a year-long collaboration between InvestigateWest, Grist, Crosscut, Jefferson Public Radio, The Tyee, South Seattle Emerald and The Evergrey. Climate activist Niria Garcia stands amid the burned-out remains of her father’s home in Phoenix, Ore. His house and the surrounding trailer park were destroyed in a September 2020 wildfire. The wealthier town of Ashland, just a few miles down Interstate 5, got more explicit orders to evacuate than did people in Phoenix and nearby Talent, which ultimately suffered worse damage than Ashland. Communities of color, low-income people and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, according to community activists across Cascadia.
The heavy wind woke Niria Garcia about 5 a.m. It whipped against her home, leaving her restless as she fitfully tried to get a little more sleep.
“Something doesn’t feel right,” Garcia thought to herself.
On that day last September, a devastating fire ripped through Southern Oregon, whipped by those very winds that […]