they are not on Trump’s radar…

…Face it … in Trump America … they are people of “color”, poor, and a lot of ocean away and most importantly … nonessential …they are not on Trump’s radar…

…U.S. Is Failing With Its Food and Water Crisis in Puerto Rico…We must prioritize an equitable and just disaster response and a sustainable future for Puerto Rico…

 

By Wenonah Hauter / Food & Water Watch    October 19, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT    It’s been a month since supercharged Hurricane Maria delivered a devastating blow to Puerto Rico, and people are still suffering without food, water, and electricity. This is America in 2017, and there is only more climate chaos ahead thanks to the tight fist that fossil fuel interests have on climate policy. What will the response be to this new normal—deadly hurricanes, horrific and deadly wildfires, and their equally deadly aftermath? The past few weeks of climate disasters during this historically vicious season have shown that we need to move swiftly off of greenhouse gas-spewing fossil fuels. They have also shown that if we don’t prioritize an equitable and just response to these unnatural disasters, more Americans will continue to face climate-fueled humanitarian crises.

 

And the Americans that will be most adversely affected are the vulnerable—children; elders; pregnant women; and low-income communities and communities of color. Puerto Rico is one of the starkest environmental justice stories of our time, and a reminder that our response to disasters must protect everyone going forward. This is our first test of humanitarian response within our borders to mass numbers of people lacking food and water, and in Puerto Rico, where 3.4 million Americans live, the Trump administration has failed miserably.

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