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Climate change is a civil rights issue, says Martin Luther King’s son

Author: Martin Luther King III, Newsline Channel 3 (USA), Published on: 25 August 2015

“MLK III: Climate change is civil rights issue”, 13 Aug 2015

…My father, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., devoted his life to achieving civil equality in our democracy, but [t]he poor and disenfranchised -- too often those in communities of color -- still disproportionately bear society's harms through no fault of their own. That truth has compelled the fight for social justice across the spectrum: labor rights, women's rights -- and yes -- environmental rights. Because no matter who we are or where we come from, we're all entitled to the basic human rights of clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy land to call home…Climate change is fueled by carbon pollution -- largely from our power plants -- and comes packaged with smog and soot, causing thousands of asthma attacks, hospital visits, and premature deaths every year, especially in vulnerable minority populations…EPA's plan will help head off 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days, according to the White House…

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