Impacts of Climate Change on Communities of Color in Northeastern North Carolina
Christina T. Hill
Communications and Marketing Manager
The Center for Energy Education
February 26, 2021
Roanoke Rapids, NC – The Center for Energy Education (C4EE) is amping up the effort to discover more about how the climate crisis impacts communities of color in northeastern North Carolina and is searching for volunteers.
The project collaborates with students from North Carolina State University (NCSU), with direction from Professor Walter A. Robinson of the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NCSU.
Findings from this project will assist C4EE in developing educational programs based on the stories shared by residents in these communities.
According to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), there is a scientific consensus that Earth’s climate is warming. Numerous studies also reveal that climate change’s impact creates economic instability, health issues and affects the overall quality of living. These impacts are especially true for impoverished or minority communities. The C4EE looks forward to capturing stories from residents to highlight environmental injustices.
“This is an important project for the community to participate in. We hope that through conducting these interviews, it will lead to solutions and change in the disparities that are present in northeastern North Carolina as it relates to climate change,” says Mozine Lowe, Executive Director of C4EE.
The Center’s dedication to climate change education is long-standing. In 2018, C4EE released a mini-documentary, “In A State of Climate Change” about severe weather in North Carolina. The mini-documentary can be viewed on the Center’s website (https://center4ee.org). In 2019, C4EE unveiled its indoor/outdoor Climate Change exhibit on its campus in Halifax County, North Carolina.
The NCSU students who are leading the project include: Allison Garrett, dual Environmental Science (ES) and Political Science (PS) major with a minor in Global Public Health; Leo Jaff, ES major studying environmental and social justice, with minors in Law and Justice and Renewable Energy Assessment; Erica Simmons, double major in Geology and ES, with minors in Biology and Environmental Toxicology; and Jasmine Gregory, double ES and PS major with a focal area in environmental justice.
North Carolina counties included in the project are Halifax, Warren, Northampton, and Bertie. Residents of these counties are encouraged to contact the C4EE before March 19, 2021, to participate.
C4EE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a center for renewable energy research, education, and workforce development for the eastern United States. Located in Halifax County, North Carolina, the Center provides a place to raise awareness of renewable energy and its importance locally, regionally, and globally.