Climate change in California continues to take a toll on our environment, our communities and our way of life. These impacts range from increasingly frequent and extreme instances of wildfires, droughts, heat waves, floods, air and water quality concerns, sea-level rise and coastal erosion, as well as the spread of infectious diseases. Our leaders must address the social, economic and environmental impact of climate change and take immediate action to ensure a sustainable future for all Californians.
While all Californians will suffer from the impacts of climate change, some will suffer more. Increasingly, the people least responsible for and most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change—such as low-income individuals and families, people of color, women, the young, the elderly, people with disabilities, people with existing health issues, immigrants and refugees, and agricultural workers and day laborers—not only feel the immediate impacts of climate change more powerfully, but also have the fewest resources to help them adapt. Climate justice means ensuring that no group of people shoulders more than it should of the burdens of climate impacts or the costs of addressing them.