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Sacrifice Zones: How Bay Area Community Activists Are Preparing For Sea Level Rise

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A view of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from the housing development above it on Feb. 25, 2022.  (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

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This week we're devoting our show to KQED climate reporter Ezra David Romero’s series “Sacrifice Zones.” He explores how sea level rise could push contaminants into certain neighborhoods, especially places that are near former military or industrial sites, and that have a history of racism, redlining, and disinvestment. Ezra profiles activists in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin City who are pushing for more data on these contaminants, and calling for reparations to clean up toxic sites, restore consent to community members, and give residents power in climate policy.

For These Black Bayview-Hunters Point Residents, Reparations Include Safeguarding Against Rising, Toxic Contamination

'A Lesson in Discrimination': A Toxic Sea Level Rise Crisis Threatens West Oakland

'It Comes to Race': Marin City Residents Demand Flood Protections

Read more of KQED's reparations coverage.


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