Climate Change & Health Case Study Part 2- Advancing Distributional Equity in Climate Adaptation

Climate change is an international phenomenon but its effects, including its impacts on human health, are local – often depending on geography, weather patterns, and a community’s resources and degree of resilience, including the historic and current-day consequences of racism.

October 13, 2021

As more and more Americans are experiencing the impacts of climate change, communities and governments are looking with greater urgency for ways to mitigate them and adapt.

This case studies series, a follow-on to the December 2020 TFAH/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health report, Climate Change & Health: Assessing State Preparedness, examines efforts by states and localities to conceptualize and implement climate change adaptation programs that are centered on equity.

Evidence shows that many communities most effected by climate change and its related health impacts are in that position due to environmental, social, and demographic factors. Part 1 of this series identified adaptation strategies designed to advance procedural equity in climate adaptation – that is, the process undertaken to conceptualize, design, and administer adaptive programs that are informed by the insights, priorities and needs of people who have lived experience in the threaten community.

This brief, Part 2 of the series, reports on adaptation efforts that are grounded in distributional equity. Distributional equity being the extent to which climate change response programs result in the fair allocation of the burdens of climate change and the benefits of adaptation programs.

The role of community land trusts and distributional equity climate adaptation programs in Boston, Louisiana, and Albuquerque are discussed.


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