New Report Details Steps Needed to Build Climate Resilience in Vulnerable CT Communities

new report on climate resilience in Connecticut is recommending that the state take more steps to dismantle underlying inequality that makes vulnerable communities more susceptible to the effects of climate change.

The report, a collaboration between the Yale School of the Environment, the Yale School of Public Health Center on Climate Change and Health, and Vermont Law School, details ways the state can mitigate the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities, which are facing the challenges of disproportionate exposure to climate change, increased underlying stressors, and limited access to recovery resources.

“Climate change is a public health crisis that has different impacts on various populations and communities. The communities that will be impacted ‘first and worst’ as the climate crisis continues to unfold are often the same communities that disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental harm due to the racial or socioeconomic makeup,’’ the report states.

Vulnerable populations reported higher instances of power outages, food insecurity, and lack of access to basic resources needed to remain safe during climate events, the report found.