Incorporating Equity into Climate Change Strategies

 

The end result of climate equity is healthy, thriving communities.

Marta Segura Chief Heat Officer, City of Los Angeles
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Incorporating Equity into Climate Change Strategies

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No one is immune from the catastrophic storms, wildfires, heat waves, and drought that accompany climate change, but the risks are far greater for some populations than for others. Unstable housing, food insecurity, inadequate access to care, lack of tree canopy, and proximity to toxic emissions and other environmental hazards all intensify the health consequences. People of color, low-income populations, and women invariably suffer most and have least capacity to bounce back. Broader commitments to health and gender equity, a willingness to confront structural racism, and greater engagement with affected communities are essential to minimizing the impact.

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