Climate Justice

Climate Justice research focuses on the distributional, procedural, and recognitional disparities that exist between distinct populations. Distribution refers to the placement of environmental goods (e.g. parks, greenways, and forests) and bads (e.g. toxic waste, dumping grounds, and food deserts) on the landscape. Procedure refers to the inclusion of diverse groups in government practice and policy. Recognition addresses the needs and barriers within unique social contexts of distinct groups and individuals. These three categories are used to describe equity and justice for climate change adaptation. However, there is need to link climate justice with resilience to address climate readiness instead of solely impact and post disaster foci. In rural areas, higher levels of poverty which is correlated to lower emissions create an issue of fairness for adaptation to climate change. With minimal contributions to climate change, rural residents face many adaptation challenges. In Mexico, many traditional forest users are challenged to maintain historic livelihoods as policy increasingly restricts use in order to slow deforestation, despite having emitted very little as individuals. I am interested in exploring policy that leads to disparities in climate change adaptation needs and threat exposure between diverse communities through local voices.