Far too often discussions about environmental degradation and the global climate crisis miss the mark when it comes to the legacy of colonialism and racism. Though Haiti’s geographical location and topological features certainly increase the nation’s physical vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the degree of environmental degradation and environmental vulnerability in Haiti is anything but natural, but instead the aftermath of centuries of racist, imperialist policies and interventions.
It is neither natural nor normal that Haiti, a country with a negligible direct contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, is now considered among the most climate-vulnerable in the world. The UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights recently coined this phenomenon the “climate apartheid” and warns that without drastic restructuring of global systems, countries like Haiti will only continue to face more grave consequences for global climate inaction.
SOIL’s Beverly Pierre had a chance to join Shelby Mayes of Blavity in conversation about the intersection of environmental racism, climate change, and public health in Haiti. Click here to read the original article, where Beverly shares how SOIL is working to regenerate ecological systems and restore depleted soil health throughout the country.