The climate crisis exacerbates the already existing inequalities of the world, including inequalities in mental health and well-being. As a result, those who are at the greatest disadvantage—those already experiencing poverty, racism, discrimination, oppression, mental health issues, instability, disability, or homelessness—are hit hardest.
Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
Poorer countries, as well as poorer communities in wealthier countries, have fewer means to protect their peoples from the extreme weather events, shortages of food and water, and conflicts that the climate crisis spawns.
The movement for equality and justice prioritizes addressing these profound inequalities.