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Towards climate justice: decolonising adaptation to climate change

12 Oct 2016

Much has been said about the impacts of climate change on Australia’s neighbours in the Pacific, and how increases in temperature, extreme weather events and changes to crops and livestock vailability will inevitably impact the lives of all Australians. But what of the inequality of climate change impacts in Australia?

The engagement of a climate justice lens enables us to consider how climate change disproportionately impacts certain communities and also how adaptation and mitigation strategies require genuine participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, both in terms of drawing on traditional knowledges that can contribute to climate change adaptation strategies and developing new knowledge about the impacts of climate change on groups who have been marginalised in Australian society.

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