An Introduction to Adaptation and Equity

Climate change is often described as a threat multiplier - and this applies to social inequities. For example, people already struggling to find affordable housing will face more difficulty if extreme weather damages a significant number of units. Explore the resources below to better understand how climate change will have disproportionate impacts on people of color, low-income individuals, and other groups on the "frontlines" of climate change. Also, learn some of the strategies being used to address disproportionate risks.

 

 

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NAACP - Our Communities, Our Power: Advancing Resistance and Resilience in Climate Change Adaptation - Action Toolkit

April 29, 2019

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this comprehensive Toolkit provides a series of modules to help NAACP chapters and other advocates mediate climate adaptation planning processes and ensure that adaptation plans and policies meet local needs, while focusing on frontline communities, environmental and climate justice, and equity. The Toolkit provides guidance to help community groups and advocates develop an Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ) Committee to inform adaptation planning and policy through 19 different Modules.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Author or Affiliated User: Jacqui Patterson

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Everybody’s Movement - Environmental Justice and Climate Change

December 2009

Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change describes how mitigating and adapting to climate change must be everybody’s movement, in order to be successful.  This report aims to provide answers to the question: “What will it take to create a climate change movement that engages everyone. ” In doing so, the Environmental Support Center intends to contribute to creating a more participatory, inclusive climate change movement in the U. S. with the full engagement of poor communities and communities of color.

Related Organizations: Environmental Support Center

Author or Affiliated User: Angela Park

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NAACP Equity in Building Resilience in Adaptation Planning

January 26, 2015

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this report contains a list of equity based indicators that are measures of vulnerability and resilience to climate change impacts. The indicators were developed for both pre-existing vulnerabilities and assets, as well as for processes and results of resiliency planning. The aim of this resource is for city planners, community organizations, elected officials, and other decision-makers to consider these equity based indicators as they design climate adaptation plans.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework

May 2017

Informed by community-based organizations from across the country,this report outlines a framework to meaningfully engage vulnerable and impacted communities in defining and building climate resilience. The guide seeks to use climate resilience activities to better build momentum for change, build a new economy and community-based financing, deepen democracy and improve governance, and activate ecological and cultural wisdom. In addition to describing guiding principles and elements of community-driven planning, the report provides examples of case studies where communities have taken a central role in resilience planning. The guide is primarily aimed at other community-based organizations, but it may also be useful for philanthropy and public sector officials.  

Related Organizations: National Association of Climate Resilience Planners, Movement Strategy Center

Author or Affiliated User: Rosa González

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

May 2017

From the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), this guide is aimed at local government and outlines a framework for designing and implementing a community-driven, equitable climate preparedness planning process. Community-driven planning empowers those experiencing the greatest climate risks to co-define the solutions. Rather than treating equity as a component of climate preparedness planning, this guide suggests that equity should be at the center of any adaptation approach. It outlines why traditional planning falls short of supporting equity, describes why climate change vulnerability is not evenly spread, and identifies how typical adaptation strategies can be reframed to focus on equity. Throughout the document, examples from cities are presented to showcase real-world applications.

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Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tina Yuen, Eric Yurkovich, Beth Altshuler, Lauren Grabowski

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Mapping Our Future: A Work Plan for Public Engagement and Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2013

This report presents a work plan for regional agencies to partner with community groups on climate adaptation, and support local governments in doing so as well. It also provides parallel recommendations for funders and community groups.

Related Organizations: Bay Localize, Rooted in Resilience, The Kresge Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Kirsten Schwind

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Opportunities for Equitable Adaptation in Cities: A Workshop Summary Report

February 15, 2017

This summary report describes the conversations and discussions of participants during a two-day workshop help in April 2016 focusing on on city-level actions that would support social justice goals and better prepare communities for the effects of climate change. The workshop convened nearly 50 thought leaders on equity and climate adaptation, including city officials, representatives of environmental justice and social justice organizations, state and federal partners, and funders who support this work.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Melissa Deas, Jessica Grannis, James DeWeese, Sara Hoverter

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Equity Foundations: USDN Capacity Building Program

2016

In September 2015, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), in partnership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity and the Center for Social Inclusion, launched a professional development program for sustainability directors and their staff for advancing racial equity into sustainability planning and development. The program became available online and includes a holistic curriculum of five webinars, videos and worksheets to support local government staff in applying an equity lens to sustainability projects.

Related Organizations: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

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Pathways to Resilience: Transforming Cities in a Changing Climate

January 2015

From the Kresge Foundation, this report explores the strategies and policies for climate resiliency in urban areas, with a focus on social equity. The report distills a vision developed through interviews and independent research through the Pathways to Resilience (P2R) Initiative. The vision of climate resilience is grounded in the perspectives of low-income communities and communities of color - and comprised of the following core elements, including:

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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