Where Climate Change Meets Social Inequality

by Breanna Sewell

Author Phoebe Godfrey uses her paper, “Race, Gender & Class, and Climate Change” (2012) to address the potential sociological outcomes of global climate change, specifically in regard to the intersection and overlapping effects of the social constructs, race, gender, and class. She begins her article by denying the validity of the argument that global climate change may or may not exist and diverts the reader’s attention to the sociological effects of climate change; first admitting that, regrettably, environmental sociologists have only in recent years turned their attention to climate change, and then asserting her opinion that the “complementary and contradictory intersections” of race, gender, and class are present everywhere and their importance is underestimated. Continue reading