Adaptation Equity Portal
Two of the biggest challenges facing the United States - and the world - are the growing inequalities that unfairly disadvantage large segments of the population, and climate change, which exacerbates existing risks in our communities. The effects of climate change including rising temperatures, more polluted air, and more frequent and intense extreme storms, will disproportionally affect already poor and disenfranchised people. Policymakers must find ways to focus not only on the physical impacts of climate change, but also on the ways that policies can have a differential impact on certain individuals and communities. In this portal we will refer to people facing disproportionate climate impacts as "frontline communities" since these are groups that are on the frontlines of impacts from climate change.READ MORE
Ultimately, our goals must go beyond preventing climate harm, but also include approaches that reduce the existing challenges faced by poor and minority communities - such as a lack of economic mobility, racism, and pollution - that makes these groups disproportionally vulnerable.
The Equity Adaptation Portal was built in partnership with an advisory team who provided feedback throughout the process. Members of this advisory team represent the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Emerald Cities Collaborative, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Future Insight Consulting, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Representatives from Seattle, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Cleveland also provided input through the advisory team.
Photo: Courtesy of the City of Baltimore Office of Sustainability. Photographer: Kelly LynchSHOW LESS