Prioritizing Equity in Climate Resilience Planning

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — Across the U.S., extreme winter weather has shutdown traffic, energy grids and entire states. While seemingly counterintuitive, meteorologists tie these intense winter storms to the warming of the planet, as higher temperatures lead to greater evaporation and ever-larger storms. In 2020, the U.S. also saw the intensity and frequency of fires and hurricanes rise to unprecedented levels. Many climate scientists conclude this is due to the far-reaching effects of a changing climate

In 2017, the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs published a report pointing out that the impact of climate change would exacerbate inequality both within and between countries. The report advocates addressing these two issues simultaneously—as they can reinforce the benefits to those most in need.

This week’s panelists discuss these societal effects of climate change and the need to prioritize equity in crafting environmental policy. The panel includes Hokilani Aikau, director of pacific island studies and associate professor of gender and ethnic studies at the University of Utah; Tabitha Benney, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah; and Danielle Endres, professor of communication at the University of Utah. Moderating this week’s discussion is Kerry Case, Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Utah.

This forum was put on in partnership with the University Office of Sustainability.

This forum was recorded on February 1, 2021.

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