Helping Communities Cope With Climate Change

CapitolWeekly: Growing up in New Orleans, summertime brought mixed feelings. It meant the end of the school year and endless snow cones, but also the beginning of hurricane season. Here in California we experience extreme heat in the summer and floods and fires throughout the year, all made worse by climate change. Unless we take action now to prepare our communities, many will suffer, some more than others.

Low-income communities of color already suffer from historic racial and economic injustice and are now on the frontlines of climate change, feeling its impacts first and worst. As I began researching the field, I found little information on how to proactively protect people and communities from climate disasters, compared to the heaps of strategies focused on protecting natural systems like wetlands or infrastructure like roads. Continue reading here>>