US cities increasingly integrate justice into climate planning and create policy tools for climate justice

Climate change is increasingly understood as intertwined with concerns about justice and equity. It is widely known that climate change is disproportionately impacting the most vulnerable populations worldwide, even as many of these groups have contributed the least to global greenhouse gas emissions. More recently, the linkages between equity and climate responses, including both actions taken to mitigate and to adapt to climate change, have been recognized. Climate efforts produce benefits and burdens, distribute resources, reorganize space, and impact infrastructure with uneven consequences across communities and populations. Climate action thus has the potential to exacerbate or redress existing social inequities and vulnerabilities.

 

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p class=”MsoNormal”>Climate change has come to a time when there are many vulnerabilities and inequities. Having this problem, we can see that it affects more those countries that are the least related to the contribution of high quantities of pollution. Thinking about managing the climate change issue will be a challenging trip. No, it will take some time, probably decades, to get to a point where things get more even, and there is some stability in which many affected countries will be less vulnerable. There is still a long way to get there, but actions must be taken if real efforts are part of the climate change agenda.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-33392-9

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