Essential, but Treated as Expendable

Farmworkers are vital to climate justice.

One of the pressing elements of climate change is the question of who is most at risk.

Farmworkers are clearly among those who are paying the heaviest price for record-breaking heat. Their labors are essential for a steady food supply, while their health is all too often treated as disposable. Farmworkers and their advocates are shaping strategies in resistance, from local projects shaping life-saving interventions to state and national efforts to encode protections into law and enforceable practices. Critical for any kind of just and effective strategy is that farmworkers be at the center – of strategy development, critical monitoring, just protection and extended compensation.

For a more in depth discussion of the increased risks that climate change poses to farm workers, please read the following article by Lin Nelson in the most recent issue of DollarsandSense.