Frontline communities

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Frontline communities are those experiencing the first and worst effects of crises like climate change; those most impacted by the climate crisis who have also been leading the resistance against systems of oppression, including but not limited to Indigenous communities, racialized people, low-income folks, and disabled communities - Initiative for Energy Justice, adapted by Michelle Xie [1]

Frontline communities include "people who are both highly exposed to climate risks (because of the places they live and the projected changes expected to occur in those places) and have fewer resources, capacity, safety nets, or political power to respond to those risks (e.g. these people may lack insurance or savings, inflexible jobs, low levels of influence over elected officials, etc.)." - Georgetown Climate Center, Equitable Adaption Legal & Policy Toolkit [2]

In other words, frontline communities experience the “first and worst” of climate change.

Frontline communities include but are not limited to [3]  :

• People of colour

• Low income populations

• Immigrants

• Communities at risk of climate displacement

• Senior citizens

• People experiencing homelessness

• Outdoor workers/climate-vulnerable labor

• Incarcerated populations

• Renters/Subsidized housing 

• Unemployed/Underemployed

• Youth

• Persons with disability and chronically-ill/Hospitalized people

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