HDGC-HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation: Perceptions & Activism

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: HDGC & HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 6
Organizers: Samuel Rufat, Nicole Hutton, Alana Rader, An-Min Wu
Chairs: Ronald Schumann


The confluence of disasters in 2020 underscores not only the urgency of human adaptation amid worsening hazards but also the necessity of integrating social and environmental justice into these plans. The impacts of human-induced climate change are becoming ever more noticeable, contributing to rising seas, sluggish tropical cyclones, more intense wildfires, and novel diseases. Human and ecological communities are at greater risk of harm. Consistent investments in unsustainable practices of economic development, urban growth, land use, natural resource use, and energy production are endangering entire ecosystems and magnifying inequalities in human systems. What is worse, in many cases, a combination of human action and inaction has exacerbated feedback loops between human and ecological systems that now perpetuate physical and social vulnerability.

Geographic research on equitable socio-ecological adaptation is increasingly valuable in the face of more frequent and intense hazards. Whether at an individual, community, or institutional scale, human responses to global environmental change that prioritize justice and sustainability can foster innovation, creativity, and increased resilience to extreme events.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Enrique Lanz Oca*, Hunter College - City University, Climate Change Denial and the Tragedy of North America's Dams 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Marissa Bell*, Cornell University, Spatializing Procedural Justice: Embeddedness, Fairness and Local Knowledge Mobilization in Nuclear Waste Siting 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Ariana Nicholson*, , Jude Fernando, Clark University, Eric DeMeulenaere, Clark University, Seeking Autonomy In Student Organizing: A Case Study of External Influence on Clark Climate Justice 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Kian Goh*, UCLA, Urbanizing Climate Justice: Constructing Scales and Politicising Difference 15 3:50 PM

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