Climate Justice at the Centre for Family Equity: Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Marginalized Families
At the Centre for Family Equity, we are committed to addressing the urgent issue of climate change and its disproportionate impact on equity seeking families in British Columbia. Our ongoing work aims to recognize the intersectionality of environmental and social justice, advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of families at risk, children's health, and the overall equity of our communities.
Our Work in Development
We are actively exploring researching and collaborating with experts to understand the multifaceted effects of climate change on vulnerable families in BC, whether due to sea level rise, wildfires, heat, or other impacts. By focusing on the intersection of socioeconomic disparities and environmental shifts, we aim to develop comprehensive policy strategies that safeguard the rights, health, and livelihoods of those who are most affected.
Understanding Climate Justice and its Link to Poverty
Climate justice recognizes the intricate relationship between climate change and poverty, shedding light on the unequal burden borne by different communities. A key concept within climate justice is the focus on Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA), encompassing groups disproportionately vulnerable to or impacted by climate change. This includes women, racial minorities, youth, the elderly, and those with fewer economic resources.
Climate change is not only a singular challenge but often amplifies existing inequalities. This phenomenon is referred to as the "triple injustices" of climate change. It can worsen existing disparities, perpetuating or even exacerbating the marginalization faced by certain groups. Responses to climate change must therefore take into account these structural imbalances.
The Disproportionate Burden of Climate Change
As global temperatures rise, sea levels surge, and precipitation patterns shift, the impact of climate change is far from uniform. It disproportionately affects those who are already vulnerable, perpetuating a cycle of inequality. People living in poverty bear the brunt of these consequences. Historically marginalized communities, such as low-income individuals, Indigenous groups, and racialized communities often face the most severe consequences of climate change. Astonishingly, those least responsible for climate change are the ones suffering its harshest effects. This harsh reality underlines the urgency of addressing climate justice.
In various parts of the world, people are grappling with a multitude of climate-related challenges: droughts, flooding, air pollution, and water scarcity. These adversities leave children vulnerable to malnutrition and disease. Shockingly, nearly every child on the planet is exposed to at least one climate or environmental hazard. Urgent action is required to prevent this number from escalating.
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