During the last 20 years, at least 606,000 people have died from extreme weather events. In 30 years 40% of the global population, rich and poor, will be exposed to catastrophic heat waves, droughts, fires, storms, floods, vector- and water-borne diseases. Before century’s end, 80% of the population will be exposed to deadly heat waves. Climate disruption poses the greatest global threat to human health and well-being, intensifying and complicating forced migration and all the other critical problems our world faces. Vulnerable populations are least responsible for creating the crisis, and yet they are at greatest risk.
Climate change has gotten entangled with political and corporate agendas that obfuscate the crisis. The problem is accelerating not because we lack technical solutions but because we lack public commitment for urgent action. We need to change our culture.
The Center on Global Justice is committed to research, advocacy and consultation on climate disruption and climate justice, working at top-down and bottom-up scales simultaneously to slow the warming, as well as to help vulnerable communities adapt to a warming climate. New technologies, policies and financial tools must be paired with new social strategies, to produce meaningful change.
The Center on Global Justice is focused on developing new climate education protocols, and new models of participatory climate action, with a focus on underserved communities of color across the San Diego-Tijuana border region. Through our rooted partnerships in the UCSD Community Stations, we co-develop strategies that help vulnerable communities adapt to climate disruption, as well as contribute to regional climate mitigation goals. When peoples’ lives are inundated by poverty, violence, failing schools and failing infrastructure, they are likelier to become engaged in climate action when they understand the impacts on their own lives, in their own neighborhoods; and when local opportunities for participatory climate action with neighborhood-scale impact are made available to them. The UCSD Community Stations are committed to changing hearts and minds about climate change at community-scale, and stimulating participatory climate action from the bottom-up.