The UC Irvine Regional Resilience Project (RRP) is a research and community engagement project focused on climate change impacts, social equity, vulnerabilities, and action in the Acjachemen and Tongva homelands now known as Orange County, California.
During 2016-2017, RRP sought to better understand the matrix of existing activities and budding opportunities to enhance equitable climate preparedness in Orange County. This work is documented, in part, in our December 2017 report on the equity profile of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund investments here.
During 2017-18, RRP began collaborating with Orange County Environmental Justice (OCEJ) and others to identify research and policy allies, link with existing and emerging sustainability and climate networks in Orange County, and document the multiple worlds that exist in this relatively small geographic area. Our bridge-building activities aim to co-generate ways to address and heal the racial and class divides between communities ready for climate justice and those just beginning climate equity-focused work.
Community-driven Climate Resilience
Moving forward, RRP is interested in supporting community-driven, equity-oriented regional climate resilience collaboration. In California, regional climate collaboratives are groups of diverse public, private, and/or non-profit entities representing a region and committed to preparing that region for the impacts of climate change (e.g., sea level rise, extreme storm events, food scarcity, wildfires, heat waves, and droughts). RRP is interested in working together with regional actors who bring an equity-orientation to climate resilience collaboration. An equity-orientation centers the participation and leadership of underrepresented communities, including Indigenous communities. Visit here to learn about 2017 community events related to regional climate resilience collaboration in Orange County. Contact us to get involved.