Operationalizing environmental justice through tools and approaches of the Climate Change Response Framework
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AbstractPresented at the "Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium" held on April 24-25, 2017, at the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado. This symposium aims to bring together academics (faculty and graduate students), independent researchers, community and movement activists, and regulatory and policy practitioners from across disciplines, research areas, perspectives, and different countries. Our overarching goal is to build on several decades of EJ research and practice to address the seemingly intractable environmental and ecological problems of this unfolding era. How can we explore EJ amongst humans and between nature and humans, within and across generations, in an age when humans dominate the landscape? How can we better understand collective human dominance without obscuring continuing power differentials and inequities within and between human societies? What institutional and governance innovations can we adopt to address existing challenges and to promote just transitions and futures?
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The Forest Service recognizes that climate change poses a multi-generational challenge that spans borders, transcends unilateral solutions, and demands shared learning and resources (USDA Forest Service 2011). The Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF, www.forestadaptation.org) grew from this recognition, and was formally launched in 2009 to address the major challenges that land managers face when considering how to integrate climate change into their planning and management. Practitioners whose livelihoods and communities depend on healthy forests face daunting challenges when responding to rapid forest decline or preparing for future change, particularly tribal natural resources professionals and tribal communities (Vogesser et al. 2013). Emphasizing climate services support for these rural communities can help them build adaptive capacity in their cultural and economic systems, often considered fundamental to environmental justice. Supporting climate-informed decision-making by these practitioners and communities requires climate service organizations to show up, listen, and then creatively work with practitioners to meet their own goals on the lands they manage. The emphasis of the CCRF on stewardship goals, as opposed to climate change and its effects, represents a subtle but important shift in focus to people and their values.