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Team members must have a shared understanding of equity when embarking on the development of an equitable climate action plan. It is also important to know exactly who we are talking about when we reference "equity-deserving" or "equity-seeking" groups. Here are some useful definitions:
Equity refers to fairness and justice in policies, processes and outcomes for historically and/or currently underrepresented and/or marginalized people and groups. It considers power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes, in three main areas:
Representational equity: The proportional participation at all levels of society;
Resource equity: The distribution of resources in order to close equity gaps; and
Equity-mindedness: The demonstration of an awareness of, and willingness to, address equity issues.
Achieving equity requires recognizing and addressing barriers to provide opportunity for all individuals and communities to thrive, no matter where they started from. (University of British Columbia's Equity and Inclusion Glossary of Terms)
*There is a unique role for Indigenous reconciliation within climate action and policy. See the section on Climate & Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being for more.
The above groups are considered equity-seeking due to historical and ongoing experiences of marginalization, discrimination, and oppression. As a result, many of these communities have a lower socio-economic status, and continue to face present-day hardships.
Climate action alone cannot dismantle the systems of oppression that continue to harm equity-seeking communities. However, it is critical to understand how these systems operate when developing climate policies to ensure solutions are not perpetuating or exacerbating inequities.
Equity-Seeking Groups and Climate Vulnerability: