Climate change: it’s personal | The savage society


If you are one of 70% of us in the United States whose communities have experienced climate catastrophe or extreme weather in the last year, you already know that climate change is personal. Years of discriminatory and racist policies have ensured that communities of color and poor and working-class communities are the first and most affected by these events, but the storms and fires themselves do not discriminate. Each disaster makes it clearer and clearer – we take all of these blows.

Throughout 2022 we have seen heat waves, droughts, floods, wildfires and tornadoes. And even though hurricane season got off to a slow start, Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian quickly reminded us of what’s at stake. Fiona left a path of destruction through Puerto Rico this included damaged homes, landslides, flooded roads, and a complete blackout of the island’s power grid. A week later, Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida as a catastrophic Category 4 storm, destroying and flooding homes and businesses and knocking out power to nearly two million people. Parts of the United States, particularly in the West and Midwest, suffered intense heat waves and devastating drought, leading to rare and extreme flooding during the summer In certain regions.

Over the past year, we’ve asked members of the TWS community to tell us how climate change impacts like these are affecting their lives. Many responded and shared heartbreaking stories via video and text of families at risk and lives uprooted. But they also shared how those experiences motivated them to take action.

We know that sharing stories like these builds community, and it is through community and collective action that we can stimulate positive change.


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