Sunday, September 19, 2021

NBC News Podcast: ‘Into America: Into Dirty Air’ with Trymaine Lee – LISTEN

*Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionally high rate. One of the reasons why is proximity to pollution.

In St. James Parish, Louisiana residents have been fighting for decades to stop industry-related pollution that causes a high prevalence of cancer, hypertension and other diseases.

Those health disparities are now making residents a target for COVID-19. St. James and neighboring St. John the Baptist Parishes are among the 20 U.S. counties with the highest per-capita death rate from Coronavirus.

Trymaine Lee (getty)
Trymaine Lee

Host Trymaine Lee interviews Sharon Lavigne, a community leader and lifelong resident of St. James, who is fighting for clean air. And Dr. Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, explains the link between race, health and the environment.

INTO AMERICA elevates the voices of citizens and captures the impact of the pressing issues of our time. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

 

 

 

source:
Bender, Cecelia
NBCUniversal
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