Centering Equity in the Nation's Weather, Water, and Climate Services

Aradhna Tripati, Marshall Shepherd, Vernon Morris, Karen Andrade, Kyle Powys Whyte, Dominique M. David-Chavez, Justin Hosbey, Joseph E. Trujillo-Falcón, Brandon Hunter, Deanna Hence, Da Na Carlis, Vankita Brown, William L. Parker, Andrew Geller, Alex Reich, Mary Glackin

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Water, weather, and climate affect everyone. However, their impacts on various communities can be very different based on who has access to essential services and environmental knowledge. Structural discrimination, including racism and other forms of privileging and exclusion, affects people's lives and health, with ripples across all sectors of society. In the United States, the need to equitably provide weather, water, and climate services is uplifted by the Justice40 Initiative (Executive Order 14008), which mandates 40% of the benefits of certain federal climate and clean energy investments flow to disadvantaged communities. To effectively provide such services while centering equity, systemic reform is required. Reform is imperative given increasing weather-related disasters, public health impacts of climate change, and disparities in infrastructure, vulnerabilities, and outcomes. It is imperative that those with positional authority and resources manifest responsibility through (1) recognition, inclusion, and prioritization of community expertise; (2) the development of a stronger and more representative and equitable workforce; (3) communication about climate risk in equitable, relevant, timely, and culturally responsive ways; and (4) the development and implementation of new models of relationships between communities and the academic sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Justice40
  • climate change
  • climate justice
  • environmental justice
  • water
  • weather

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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