Low-income and otherwise disadvantaged people could benefit enormously from climate action — enjoying everything from cheaper clean energy to healthier lives. Yet these groups face the greatest barriers to access these benefits. This is according to a new WRI working paper that reviews the impacts of priority climate measures in six sectors: industry, energy, transport, cities, agriculture and forestry.
If designed with equity concerns in mind, major investments and innovative solutions to help mitigate and build resilience to climate change could bring the greatest gains to communities that are most impacted by disasters and pollution.
Such gains include access to better health, energy, water, transport, and decent jobs, as well as affordable cost of living and political, social and cultural participation — all major factors for human development. Bringing equity to the forefront of climate action could therefore help reduce social inequality.
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Climate Action Isn’t Reaching the Most Vulnerable: But it Could