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Is Sea Level Rise Being Weaponized Against The Vulnerable Population?

Climate change is causing sea levels to rise in the Bay Area at an alarming rate for vulnerable, disproportionately underserved communities. Sea level rise can cause increased flooding which has shown time and time again to have deathly consequences for underserved communities.


There are rising concerns about flood waters mixing with toxins and seeping into the infrastructure, in effect posing human health hazards to high risk populations. Some even describe it as a “sacrifice zone” where the vulnerable population (Black historically disadvantaged low income communities) are being strategically placed in these high flood risk areas (danger zones).


A study showed that the US Department of housing & Urban development targeted the distribution of housing in high risk areas to low income communities. https://housingmatters.urban.org/articles/rising-sea-levels-are-threatening-affordable-housing-what-can-local-governments-do


The blatant lack of disaster prevention efforts is hard to ignore. By definition this is an act of weaponization against Black underprivileged communities. There is a major deficit in environmental equity in regards to predominantly Black low income neighborhoods.

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