By Steven MacKenzie and Tony Inglis
As extreme heat spreads across Europe and other parts of the world deal with frighteningly high temperatures, street papers and their vendors explain how it affects their work.
Street paper vendors across the world might come from many different circumstances, but they have always had common challenges to overcome.
In the past, these focused on homelessness, poverty, social exclusion and inequality. But now, as roasting temperatures scorch much of Europe and other parts of the planet, the climate crisis has been added to the mix and, for some, is becoming the biggest issue of them all.
The International Network of Street Papers has been platforming stories from the marginalised people disproportionately affected by extreme weather.
The Climate Disaster Project in 2022 painted a picture of how vendors at Vancouver street paper Megaphone dealt with the Canadian heat dome in the summer of 2021. Now, street papers and their vendors in other parts of the world are reporting back on how this summer’s frighteningly high temperatures are impacting their lives.
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