Asian American Environmental Activism

By Jennifer Chang

Richmond, California, August 3, 2013 - Over two dozen members of Brown and Green: South Asians for Climate Justice marched through the streets of Richmond, California today to the gates of the Chevron  refinery, the most climate-polluting facility in the state of California, demanding that Chevron stop  refining dirty Canadian tar sands oil, and reduce its impact on the climate—a factor in disasters like the 2010 Pakistan flood and the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, India.  Photo from

In fact, global climate change is predicted to overwhelmingly affect Asian countries. A study by Climate Central states that the top ten of the most at-risk countries are China, Vietnam, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, in terms of the largest population that will be exposed to sea level rise and coastal flooding. More than 50 million people in China and 23 million in Vietnam, or 26 percent of that country’s population, will be exposed to high sea levels and flooding by the end of the century, according to the study. In South Asian countries, 12.6 million Indians and 10.2 million Bangladeshis are estimated to be directly affected by rising waters, the study stated. Nearly six million people in the Philippines, or seven percent of the population, will also be exposed.

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