A Green Economy Must Achieve Climate Justice

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SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article featured on The Regulatory Review titled, “A Green Economy Must Achieve Climate Justice.” The article discusses environmental policy and how “somebody, somewhere has to pay for climate protection.” Often it is the underprivileged that suffers the brunt of climate neglect. For example, when cities distribute climate proofing amenities, such as tree canopy cover that can provide some protection from heat waves and thus reduce household energy bills, poorer neighborhoods are often overlooked. To create an equitable environmental governance framework, the first step is recognizing that climate justice has multiple facets. Policymakers need to decide how to translate these equity concepts into concrete policies. Climate justice efforts must protect the interests of all, especially the underprivileged.