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1) HBCUs are predominately located in low-income black communities that are vulnerable to the negative health and economic impacts of climate change (i.e. heat waves, increased air pollution, increased energy and food prices and reduced job opportunities).
- According to the Climate Gap Report, Climate Change will have a disproportionate and unequal impact on people of color and the poor (i.e. heat waves, increased air pollution, increased energy and food prices and reduced job opportunities).
- Of African Americans polled by the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies in swing states, 3 out of 4 said climate change was a very important issue.
2) Minorities are becoming the nation’s majority yet; people of color are drastically underrepresented in the U.S environment movement and at the margins of leadership
- According to the U.S Census Bureau, The whole United States of America is projected to become majority-minority in 2043.
- According to The Minority Environmental Leadership Development Initiative, out of 158 environmental institutions, 33 percent of mainstream environmental organizations and 22 percent of government agencies had no people of color on staff.
3) If HBCUs and their students are not prepared to participate in the emerging Green Economy also known as “the Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability (LOHAS)” market, this $300 BILLION sector of the economy will remain predominately white and communities of color will miss out on the economic benefits of sustainable development.
- According to the U.S Department of Education, while only 20% of black undergraduates attend HBCU’s, these institutions have generated about half of all black professionals.
- According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), HBCU centers of excellence in science and technology englishhomeworkhelp.co.uk will be a necessary resource in efforts to “green” cities, particularly as growing numbers of cities become majority minority.