Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update: Climate Justice
This section of Safeguarding California serves as a reference for public agency staff, community leaders, and philanthropic partners to understand how equity is woven through the plan, collaborate with state agencies on initiatives, create accountability, and illuminate the areas where further immediate attention is needed.
OEHHA: Environmental Justice & Climate Change
As evidence emerges on the impacts of climate change on human health and well-being, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) continues to conduct human health studies on the relationship between climate change and environmental justice, and has developed indicators describing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities.
Advancing Climate Justice in California
The Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG) developed definitions of key concepts—including climate justice and climate vulnerability—as well as guiding principles and recommendations for California leaders to consider in future development and implementation of climate change adaptation policies and funding decisions. Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) supported the development of this briefing paper so that CJWG’s work can be shared with the public.
Community Driven Climate Resilience Planning Framework
The opportunity for increasing community resilience is in the very process of developing a plan when those who are most impacted are at the heart of society’s efforts to build a resilient future. The following framework 1) advocates deepening democratic practices at the local and regional levels, 2) seeks to put forth the principles and practices defining this emergent field, and 3) outlines resources for community-based institutions implementing community-driven planning processes.
Major Vulnerability Factors to Climate Impacts
Some residents will be hit harder by climate change than others. The following document provides an overview of the major interrelated factors including race, language barriers, age, and living conditions that make community members vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Building Climate Equity: Creating a New Approach from the Ground Up
This report offers a new approach to the equity challenges of climate change by linking actions to combat climate change with broader equity objectives, placing the wellbeing of people and communities at the core of climate action. Building on the findings of 30 case studies in 23 countries it demonstrates how climate policies within countries, including policies directed at both low-carbon energy development and resilience to climate change effects, can simultaneously build the capabilities of individuals and communities.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework: Reclaiming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Racial Justice
This framework lays out the differences between diversity, equity and inclusion, charts the evolution of diversity campaigns over the decades, and aims to help diversity advocates turn ideals into a concrete tool using the “Four Ws” – who, what, where and why. The Greenlining Institute intends to put together a working group to build on the Framework’s outline and create a toolkit that will help advocates push corporations and other major institutions toward diversity, equity and inclusion policies based on justice.
State of Gentrification: Lending to People of Color in California
The Greenlining Institute and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition analyzed California home mortgage data and found that the numbers paint “a statistical portrait of gentrification.” The analysis, based on data collected by federal regulators for mortgages issued in 2015, shows a number of other concerning patterns, including continuing racial disparities and a startling rise in the role of non-bank lenders. Researchers reviewed statewide data as well as local statistics for Long Beach, Oakland and Fresno, and make recommendations for policy changes and further research.
Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People
For too long, transportation planning has focused on cars rather than people while neglecting communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. This framework offers planners and community advocates a step-by-step guide to a more community-centered transportation planning process that focuses on the mobility needs of communities and puts affected communities at the center of decision-making.
Nuestro Futuro: Climate Change and U.S. Latinos
This report examines the unique challenges facing U.S. Latinos, as well as the tremendous opportunities available if we take climate action. Solutions like ramping up wind and solar energy and increased energy efficiency will help to create well-paid jobs, save money by cutting electric bills, and help safeguard future generations of all Americans from catastrophic climate change.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Cumulative Environmental Health Impacts in California: Evidence From a Statewide Environmental Justice Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1)
Cushing et al. used an environmental justice screening tool (CalEnviroScreen 1.1) to compare the distribution of environmental hazards and vulnerable populations across California communities. They concluded that environmental health hazards disproportionately burden communities of color in California and that efforts to reduce disparities in pollution burden can use simple screening tools to prioritize areas for action.
The Struggle for Water Justice in California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Focus on Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities
This report from the UC Davis Center for Regional Change analyzes water inequality in California’s disadvantaged unincorporated communities in detail, and offers several recommendations to inform policy and advocacy on how to improve water access to these communities.
Equity in Building Resilience in Adaptation Planning
As a conversation-starter for deepening work around incorporating intersectionality in equitable adaptation planning, the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program has developed a sample list of indicators/measures of vulnerability and resilience in terms of infrastructure, community/population characteristics, systems, policies, programs/services, protocols, and governance/decision making. The indicators span the impacts of climate change including shifts in agricultural yields, sea level rise, and extreme weather.
Tribal Adaptation Plans
The Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program at the University of Arizona works with Native American tribes and indigenous populations in the western United States to solve environmental and climate change issues. They have compiled the following nonexhaustive list of tribal nations with existing climate change adaptation plans.
Building a Regional Voice for Environmental Justice, September 2004
This report highlights a partnership between Communities for a Better Environment, the Liberty Hill Foundation and a university-based research team (Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice) – that contributed to turning California into an epicenter of the environmental justice movement over the past several years and helped add to the momentum for major policy reform.