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Climate Justice: Will All Boats Float when the Tide Rises?

Authors: Mark Hebert*,
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Migration, Economic Geography
Keywords: sea level rise, south Florida, climate justice, economic equity
Session Type: Paper
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At the 2019 AAG, I presented a capstone project on South Floridian’s perspectives and opinions about remaining in or leaving the area in the face of repeated flood events. That review based primarily on a survey of respondents experiences with flooding and residents relative longevity in the area, showed a remarkable propensity for people to be on the move - to migrate as a result of effects from climate change; in this case sea level rise.

This presentation is intended to look at what programs and plans are afoot that purport to address climate action by facilitating people moving out of harm's way from various chronic inundations; storm events and exceptionally high tides.

Research for the presentation will look for activities by local governments and their sustainability offices that seek to deal with the human impacts brought about by the need to take actions that deal with climate change effects. I will look at the historic use of property in low lying areas and the current building environment that drives local development and economics. This will include a study of buy-out programs and how they reflect or cope with social bias and inequities.

Interviews will be done with principal actors in the region: political, public, non-profit, and private; including journalists and activists. I plan to do the presentation in a story format using maps and charts, and some statistical elements based on the research for the time.

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