Climate Justice Design: Bridging Justice Theory and Design Practice in Nature-based Solutions for Community Resilience


Nature-based solutions (NbS) are ecological strategies aimed at addressing societal challenges, such as climate change. Climate justice examines the inequitable distribution of impacts from climate change and the resources required to cope with them. At the local scale, climate justice considers the systemic vulnerability of a community in dealing with climate change-associated hazards. It applies intersectionality, considering vulnerability, resilience, and sustainability, to comprehend community resilience (Cheng 2022). The Climate Justicescape was developed for spatial analyses in social-ecological-technological systems, helping identify vulnerable populations and prioritize resources for building community resilience (Cheng 2016, 2019). Climate Justice Design provides a framework to meaningfully integrate theory and practice, engaging with communities in the co-design process to develop NbS that can cope with climate change impacts and address community needs. This ensures that further investment in NbS does not perpetuate persistent systemic injustice. In turn, design empowers communities and fosters stewardship towards sustainable development, enhancing community resilience.