Climate Justice Report
Climate Justice for the City of Boston: Visioning Policies and Processes – Climate change is not coming – it is here. We are entering an era where the effects of climate change are already being felt in profound ways. As local governments plan for climate change, they must also consciously consider the ways in which their climate change plans, policies and processes can unintentionally exacerbate existing environmental hazards and social, political, and economic inequalities in the city. Local governments therefore have an additional responsibility: to ensure the just distribution of adaptation and mitigation resources and equitable access to decisionmaking processes that ultimately determine what a city will do to adapt to a changing climate. This report is one step in a larger and sustained dialogue between Boston’s community and local government. It is intended as a resource for those who wish to explore what just climate action could look like locally and describe possible policy, project and process avenues to explore. This report is also intended to be an educational tool that can help city employees, officials and residents alike form the foundation of a deeper understanding of what it means to be a climate just city.