The impacts of climate change are complex, intersectional, and constantly evolving. Extreme weather events, wildfires, and flash floods are more frequent and more intense. These events lead to increased suffering and mortality for people, wildlife and ecosystems, as well as increased strains on health systems, infrastructure, and communities.
It’s global. Lower wealth communities, communities of color, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities & other frontline and fenceline communities are most vulnerable to climate risk, contributing to the cycle which 1) amplifies existing inequalities and 2) reinforces cycles of disparity.
Climate Equity acknowledges these disproportionate burdens and seeks to address the imbalances. With a Climate Equity perspective, climate actions are planned and implemented in ways that are inclusive and seek to address the climate crisis and existing societal inequities.
Climate solutions, such as renewable resources and other climate resiliency efforts, represent significant economic and workforce opportunities. With a climate equity approach, these solutions can contribute to resolving, rather than exacerbating, existing societal inequities.
Climate equity strategies include ensuring that frontline communities (those that experience climate change consequences “first & worst”) drive climate action planning and implementation, distributing key resources to overburdened and under-resourced communities, and mitigate existing and future environmental risks.