HDGC-HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation: International development and Conflict

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: HDGC & HRD Symposium: Socio-ecological Justice in Hazards Adaptation
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 6
Organizers: Samuel Rufat, Alana Rader, Nicole Hutton, An-Min Wu, Ronald Schumann
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 Annelise Laughlin*, , Fighting to Survive: How Climate Change and Conflict are Connected 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Erin Friedman*, CUNY - Graduate Center, Uncovering the discursive politics of mainstreaming adaptation: A Caribbean case study 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Shaina Sadai*, UMass Amherst, Using climate modeling and interdisciplinary theory to analyze climate justice impacts of the Paris Agreement 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Donald Friend*, Minnesota State University, Climate and Climate Change in International Development at USAID 15 11:55 AM

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