Climate change a growing concern in Fair Haven

In this Sept. 21, 2014 file photo, thousands of young people fill the streets of Manhattan, New York, carrying banners and calling on policymakers to take action on climate change. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Global warming and climate change is a problem that has the attention of world, national, and local leaders. United Nations just wrapped up climate talks in Paris, and now the discussion is moving to the streets of Fair Haven.

Today, concerned residents and community activists took to the streets to raise awareness about the effects climate change can have on lower income neighborhoods.

“The reason why we’re concentrating our work in Fair Haven is because again and again we’ve seen how climate change effects marginalized and low income communities the most,” said Adrian Rodriguez-Targa.

Rodriguez-Targa is with the New Haven-Leon Sister City Project. The group organized a march to let residents know climate change is a real and growing problem and happening in their backyards. New Haven is seeing rising sea levels, increased air pollution, and water contamination.

In recent years, several major storms have hit the area. Blizzards, tropical storms, and nor’ eaters seem to be on the rise and marchers say they can be devastating to low income neighborhoods.

“A lot of times these people, the houses, the landlords either the landlord won’t rebuild of they’ll take the insurance money and a lot of these people afterwards don’t have any place else to go,” said Rodriguez-Targa.

And marchers say climate change also has financial repercussions. Some winter storms left Fair Haven streets covered in snow for day, leaving residents stranded at home and unable to get to work.

“A lot of these people work hourly wages and that’s money that they did not make and they may never recover,” said Rodriguez-Targa.

Marchers hope their message encourages the community to be better prepared for the future.


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