August 25, 2020
"It is no surprise, then, that our greatest existential challenge – climate change – also reflects racial disparities and the widening gulf between rich and poor. Climate change does not affect all people equally: low-income communities and people of color are hit first and worst by climate impacts, such as extreme heat and flooding. Struggling communities also receive fewer resources for recovery, so disasters push many into a downward spiral of poverty and vulnerability.
But while climate change illuminates our nation's racial and class divides, the steps we take to address it also offer opportunities to build a fairer future.
As cities prepare for the impacts of warming that are now inevitable, many are already addressing inequity head-on. My colleagues and I at the Georgetown Climate Center collected more than 100 case studies of equitable climate adaptation as part of our recently released Equitable Adaptation Toolkit for state and local governments and community leaders.
While local strategies vary widely, some universal rules apply. Truly resilient communities have what they need to withstand impacts and recover quickly after a flood or storm, as well as prepare for the next one."