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Frontline Communities Are Those That More Severely and Rapidly Affected by Climate Change than Others

These tend to be communities prone to flooding, extreme weather and rising water levels.
May 26, 2021Updated 18 days ago
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When it comes to climate change, frontline communities are those that see its effects before anyone else. Environmental organization Ecotrust defined the group as "those that experience 'first and worst' the consequences of climate change. These consequences can range from property damage, to loss of income, to chronic disease. For instance, rising sea levels in coastal towns can disrupt farming, or glacier ice melt may overflow local rivers, sometimes damaging homes beyond repair. Frontline communities often consist of low-income, resource-constrained families. These groups are frequently over-represented by Indigenous communities, Latinx, and communities of color. To compound the issue, they tend to be located in places that often lack basic assistance when climate change impacts their lives. Whether that be a low-income urban area or a remote rural area, these people often live in locations that have been left behind when it comes to strong infrastructure.
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