Denise Garcia, The Greenlining Institute August 15 2019
Climate change is here and will continue to impact us all, so California must be ready to adapt. However, not all communities experience the impacts of climate disasters equally. Climate disasters exacerbate the injustices that low-income, disadvantaged populations face, often leaving these communities with worse health impacts, increased food and job insecurity, and higher rates of poverty compared to wealthier communities. California must prioritize these frontline communities when creating climate adaptation strategies. Greenlining’s forthcoming report, Making Equity Real in Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience Policies and Programs: A Guidebook, offers input and perspectives from community members on how California can prioritize vulnerable communities in policy and program design.