Race, Vulnerability, and Differential Impacts: Prioritizing Social Justice in Climate Change Adaptation

Sarika Tandon
Department of Environmental Studies
2013
Race, Vulnerability, and Differential Impacts: Prioritizing Social Justice in Climate Change Adaptation was designed to be a resource for adaptation planners and advocates for social, environmental, and climate justice. It explores the problem of how climate injustice interplays with climate change and climate adaptation measures and makes an argument for prioritizing social justice in adaptation work. This monograph provides information and strategic recommendations about integrating social justice considerations into climate adaptation processes.
This monograph is structured in three chapters. Chapter 1 gives a brief conceptual overview of climate adaptation in the United States. It also describes some of the obstacles faced in adaptation work, as well as major critiques of adaptation. It concludes with a description of how the climate adaptation field addresses issues of equity and justice in vulnerability analyses. Chapter 2 discusses the issue of climate justice as it relates to adaptation, and looks at some of the causes of disproportionate climate impacts in communities of color. This chapter demonstrates the need for a greater focus on socially just adaptation outcomes. Chapter 3 looks at literature highlights on the topic of socially just climate adaptation, which provides conceptual and practical ideas that have been developed to make climate adaptation efforts more just and equitable. The monograph concludes with recommendations and case studies providing strategies for socially just approaches to adaptation.