Adapting to Climate Change in a Way that Promotes Social Equity and Health: An Examination of South Australia’s Tackling Climate Change Strategy

By Michael Bentley.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Developed over a five-year period, Tackling Climate Change has six specific and two cross-cutting goals aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and responding and adapting to climate change. The focus of this paper is on the specific Community goal and the cross-cutting Adaptation goal. The Australian policy cycle is used to consider the effectiveness of the development of these goals and the resultant objectives, strategies and actions. The likely effects of adaptation strategies and actions on social equity and health are explored using an equity-focussed, health impact assessment approach. The paper concludes by considering the implications of recent federal elections in Australia on further development of research and strategies needed to adapt to climate change in a way that promotes social equity and health.

Keywords: Climate Change, Policy, Equity, Health Impact

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.151-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 936.552KB).

Dr. Michael Bentley

Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Community Health Research Unit, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

As a Research Fellow with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University in Australia, Michael has a focus on research and evaluation in public and community health that is grounded in a broader social, economic and environmental context. He holds MA with a focus on social complexity as it applies to health, ecology, and organisations and is currently studying towards a Doctor of Public Health. His area of interest is in ecological approaches to healthy and sustainable cities and communities, and how they might contribute to a just sustainability – one that incorporates social (and environmental) justice (and sustainability).


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