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    Puerto Ricans: We Won’t Become Resilient Until We Have an Equitable and Just Recovery

    “Refuse to glorify resilience; demand accountability.” Thus reads a meme on Puerto Rican social media, the background image a house with a wind-battered roof, a combination of rusted tin and ragged palm tree leaves. It is illustrative of the growing discontent of Puerto Ricans at being called resilient in the face of Hurricanes Maria and Fiona. But wait…aren’t Puerto Ricans resilient to the torrential rains, flooding, and winds that hurricane season brings year after year? Aren’t they (shouldn’t they!) be used to, adapted to, resilient to, the undeniable climate and extreme weather realities that are part of living in the Caribbean? Before answering the question, let’s unpack these assumptions first.

    The idea that populations facing climate and other social, economic, or environmental disasters are innately resilient to climate and other environmental impacts is…

    Read the full article originally published at blog.ucsusa.org.

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