Season 4, Episode 5: Working to Death
On the one hand, industrial workers need jobs. They depend on these jobs to feed their families and support themselves. On the other hand, they’re suffering because of it. So is our planet. The industrial worker tends to work long hours under harsh conditions. Many struggle to make ends meet. Due to climate breakdown, these working conditions and spaces have become grave. They’re hot, toxic, and frequently unregulated. Going to work can be unbearable at times, and as a result, not only livelihoods but lives are at stake.
- Neza Xiuhtecutli, Research Coordinator for the Farmworkers Association of Florida
- Leslie Fields, Senior Director of Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities at the Sierra Club
- Maxine Burkett, Member Scholar of Center for Progressive Reform and Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii
- Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center
- Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University