Local Disparity Can Lead To A Never Ending Cycle of Climate Inequality.

Local Disparity Can Lead To A Never Ending Cycle of Climate Inequality.

The simplest meaning of disparity is variance. How exactly does disparity play a role in climate inequality? Summarizing a paper by Nazural Islam, S., & Wickel, J. (2017), (p. 5), disparity ie. the unequal sharing of goods and whether it be aid, relief supplies etc., can lead to persons who are not receiving as much help and benefiting as much as other areas to have a gross disadvantage. Since these areas are not well equipped to rebuild and restore, they are left susceptible to more damage from future storms, this phenomenon is known as climate inequality. In this sense disparity and climate inequality/injustice are directly proportional. With more disparity comes more climate injustice.

The topic I chose to base my research on is the fact that there is local disparity among areas of Grand Bahama and that the disadvantaged areas should be monitored and assisted as much as possible so that the people of these areas do not face climate injustice later down the line.

Grand Bahama suffered a devastating amount of damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian, East Grand Bahama was directly hit by the 185 mph winds of Hurricane Dorian and suffered extensive damage. Other areas saw damage from flooding and some damage from the winds as well, however the amount of damage in areas such East Grand Bahama are unbelievable. How exactly can knowing the relationship between local disparity and climate injustice prove beneficial to Grand Bahama and The Bahamas in general? Well, to answer that question, the research found can greatly assist the governing entities of Grand Bahama in realizing that local disparity should be kept as minimal as possible in order to have everyone benefiting at the same pace and not allowing certain areas to fall victim to the detrimental effects of climate injustice.

East Grand Bahama Post Hurricane Dorian (Photo from CNN)

Nazural Islam, S., & Wickel, J. (2017). Climate Change and Social Inequality. Retrieved 15 December 2019, from https://www.un.org/esa/desa/papers/2017/wp152_2017.pdf