What is Equity?
As climate change practitioners, it is critical that we address equity and climate justice while working in partnership with frontline communities. A legacy of social, economic, and institutional disparities have left the people marginalized and under-resourced communities more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which include people of color, low-income communities and households, renters, immigrants, people facing language barriers, people with lower rates of education, outdoor and migrant workers, and people with health conditions and disabilities. To ensure that we work towards a resilient future that serves all Californians, we have made equity and climate justice a key component of the adaptation conversation at this year’s Forum.
According to Independent Sector, equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people. Equity strives to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of underprivileged people and communities. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
With plans to turn conversation into meaningful action, over 100 officials from the Sacramento region convened last week in Del Paso Heights to begin talks about the impact of trauma in the community. Local experts discussed the effective, meaningful work that can be done to process trauma of various forms.
The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots.
A number of California’s natural gas power plants are located in low-income communities of color. For decades, these communities have unjustly carried the burden of powering our state and paid the highest price — their health — for dirty energy. The good news is that, according to an analysis just released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, California can retire a significant amount of natural gas generation because it is no longer needed. The bad news is that as California increases its reliance on renewable energy, an unintended consequence is that existing natural gas plants could get dirtier.
California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.