Put Equity First in Climate Adaptation

Focusing on the bottom few per cent, not averages, is the best way to tackle poverty, argue Mark Pelling from the King’s College London, U.K., and Matthias Garschagen. Pelling from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.

Adaptation must be equitable. Policymakers must put the needs of the most vulnerable first. They should align development and climate policies and actions from local to global scales, and supply public information about risks and solutions. Scientists must elucidate links between poverty, risk and loss to allow global targets to be reset.

Most of all, we must listen to the voices of impoverished people to realize the aim of the SDGs — to ‘leave no one behind’.

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