Frontline Communities Disproportionately Affected by Climate Change Impacts

Scientific American released an article this week highlighting extreme weather impacts on affordable housing. The article focuses on new research from the Center for American Progress that emphasizes the difficulty of equitable evacuation and disaster recovery efforts based on the disproportionate availability of resources in frontline communities. Climate change poses significant threats to the physical, cultural, social, and economic displacement of communities around the world.

The research recommends a series of actions to address displacement threats and "build strong, healthy, fair, accessible, and affordable communities that are resilient to future climate change impacts":
  1. Support equitable evacuation and disaster recovery for all survivors
  2. Expand investments in federal rental assistance and homeless assistance programs
  3. Prioritize equitable housing policies and just community development
  4. Build resilient infrastructure 
  5. Increase funding for disaster mitigation and climate change adaptation strategies
EcoAdapt is conducting a survey to determine if and how people and organizations concerned about displacement pressures are considering the effects of climate change. This survey is part of a broader project in collaboration with the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)and the Urban Displacement Project to better understand the intersections between climate change and displacement pressures. Results will be shared with anti-displacement practitioners to inform communications and messaging strategies geared toward generating more widespread adoption of policies and practices that can reduce both climate and displacement risks.

The survey aims to identify:
  • To what degree anti-displacement practitioners are thinking about climate change in their work;
  • Emerging practices and policies that may address the dual goals of reducing climate risks and displacement pressures; and
  • Needs, opportunities, and barriers in reducing climate risks and displacement pressures in communities.
If you are an anti-displacement practitioner or can refer a colleague to be part of this project, please consider taking the survey and/or reaching out to EcoAdapt Senior Scientist Rachel M. Gregg

Additional examples of extreme weather and natural disasters leading to displacement can be found in the links below: 

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