The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

Resource Author Rachel Morello-Frosh, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Seth B. Shonkoff
Date Published 11/7/2022
Resource Type Publication
Tags DEI & Anti-Oppression

Resource Summary

This assessment and policy report argues that climate change has important justice and human right implications because poor neighborhoods and people of color will suffer more than other segments of the population, creating what they call “the climate gap”. Using data from California, the authors write about how vulnerable populations will be adversely affected by climate change, exacerbating current inequities. While the report includes policy recommendations for the whole nation, it is a reaction to public health, equity, and regulatory issues pertinent to The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in California that was implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

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