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Climate Racism" Disproportionately Affects Indigenous Communities in Canada, Says Deloitte Report

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A Deloitte report has highlighted the issue of "climate racism," which disproportionately impacts marginalized communities in Canada, particularly Indigenous and racialized groups. The report emphasizes how low-income individuals and communities are more vulnerable to severe climate events and the actions taken to combat climate change. It points out that historical and current racial disparities have led to a higher proportion of low-income communities being comprised of people of color, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. These groups are often excluded from government decision-making processes, further marginalizing their needs. Environmental racism, defined as policies that disproportionately disadvantage individuals based on race or color, exacerbates other inequities such as poverty, lack of access to healthcare, food insecurity, and unemployment. The report calls for achieving climate equity by 2050 through an equitable transition from carbon-intensive economic activities toward a net-zero society.

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