The Climate Justice Project

Research Associates

What is the Climate Justice Project?

While many scientists and policy makers are currently researching ways to curb and reverse the impacts of climate change, much remains to be said about the social impacts that will result from the damage that has already been done. The goal of the climate justice research project is to investigate the social impacts of climate change using an environmental justice framework. In doing so, our work places particular emphasis on how certain groups may be disproportionately affected by climate change, and the related policy implications for best mitigating these effects. Given current predictions that tens of thousands of people will be displaced in the coming years as “climate refugees”, it is crucial to address this issue from a sociological as well as an environmental standpoint. This project’s focus on the social costs of climate change will fill a void in the existing literature on global warming, and in the existing policy recommendations on climate change. The International Red Cross/Red Crescent estimates that people affected by natural disasters in low-income countries are four times more likely to die than those in high-income countries; given that climate change brings with it increased storm ferocity, desertification, sea-level rise, and other natural disasters, it is evident that those residing in low-income countries will be affected more profoundly by climate change both in terms of displacement and mortality. Our research will have important policy implications, as there are currently few provisions in place to deal with this magnitude of projected displacement.

Publications:

Page, Gabrielle. Sustainable Development in French Polynesia: Environmental and Cultural Challenges. 2013.