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Justice(s) in climate action plans

Authors: Brian Petersen*, Northern Arizona Univ.
Topics: Environment, Urban Geography, Global Change
Keywords: climate change, climate action plan, justice, planning
Session Type: Paper
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Cities across the country and the world have increasingly initiated planning processes to address climate change. This phenomenon has led to significant academic attention. A particular aspect of climate action planning that has generated interest is in the ways in which it intersects with the notion of justice. However, this nexus remains under studied. Justice in this context often remains ill-defined. Independent of climate action plans, scholars have developed three different lenses through which to understand justice: environmental, social and climate. All three justice variants have theoretical and practical dimensions and all have coordinated movements attached to them. This paper traces these three frameworks and explores convergences and divergences in how they are integrated into climate action plans using local, state, national, and international examples and perspectives.

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