Disasters and environmental inequalities


Disastersand environmental inequalities

Disastersand environmental inequalities

Someareas have a low income and end up beingsidelinedby people who need to take part in the process of environmentalprotection. Thisisa real demonstration of a case of environmental inequality whereareas that arewell endowedeconomically are well preferred as compared to such areas that arenot doing well economically. Nicole Youngman avers that while somedisasters are brought about by natural causes, there is still someclose interrelationship between the different systems (GouldandLewis, 2009).These are the built environment, cultural as well as social issues.Thisclearlyshows that the human activities have a high chance of causing variousforms of disasters, either directly or indirectly. In areas that haveexperienced low environmental protection as a result of beingexposedto a given level of environmental inequality, there is bound to besome level of disaster. Thisisbecause most disasters are usually slow in developing where theybuild up slowly and tend to blow up some time later.

Onething that I like about the readings is that they tend to provide aremedy for some disasters before they happen. The readings provide aclear indication of the vulnerability that iscreatedas a result of being subjected to environmental inequality (Pastor,et.al, 2006). One thing that I do not like about the readings is thefact that they have focused more on natural disasters, yet they areattempting to show that some disasters are brought up by humanactions (GouldandLewis, 2009).It would, therefore, be more effective if the readings were to focusmore on human-related disasters that could beenhancedby some levels of environmental inequalities.


Gould,K. A., &amp Lewis, T. L. (2009).&nbspTwentylessons in environmental sociology.New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Pastor,M., Bullard, R. Boyce, J.K, Fothergill, A,Frosch, R.M and Wright, B. (2006). Environment, Disaster and RaceAfter Katrina