Climate change and communities

Programme Manager
Research Administrator
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How can communities in the UK improve their resilience and responses to climate change?

Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing society. This includes direct effects, such as increased flooding, higher temperatures and drought, and indirect effects, including an increase in the cost of living as food and fuel prices rise.

See our Buzzfeed about flooding and social justice, our briefing on flood insurance and our evidence review.

Between 2009 and 2013, JRF’s Climate change and social justice programme produced evidence on which people and places will be affected by climate change in the UK and how this may link to poverty and disadvantage – see the list of publications in this summary and infographics.

It also looked at emerging policy and practice responses to assess whether there is a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged communities. It found a triple injustice: low-income households pay proportionately more and benefit less from certain policy responses, particularly those paid for through energy bills, while also being responsible for the least emissions.

Between now and 2017, our Climate change and communities programme will build on this evidence – and develop new research – to help develop practical solutions for communities facing the consequences of climate change in the UK.

We want to:

  • raise awareness of the consequences of climate change for vulnerable, disadvantaged communities at political, policy and practice levels;

  • help local practitioners to understand the relationship between climate change and social vulnerability and how they might address this to improve community resilience and support fair, equitable responses;

  • support the development of fairer, more socially just national policies; and

  • support vulnerable, disadvantaged local areas and communities to increase their resilience in the face of climate change.

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