August 26th, 2019
Originally posted at The Takeaway
On The Takeaway, we’ve talked about how heat is affecting workers throughout the country this summer — but now we want to turn our attention to farmers.
For instance, farmers from California have been moving north as temperatures continue to rise. They’re in search of a cooler climate and many are seeking climate justice.
Here’s Edgar Frank, an organizer with Familias Unidas Por La Justicia, which is an independent farmworker union in Washington state:
“One of the interesting things we’ve been hearing more and more from our union members is that people come from California, not because the wages are better, but because it gets extremely hot. So now we’re seeing people moving to escape the heat.”
Simon Davis-Cohen is a freelance reporter focusing on climate change. He talked to the Takeaway about how climate change is affecting farmworkers’ rights on the West Coast.