The inevitability of change and surprises are both theological and ecological truths. But marginalized and oppressed communities and groups are more vulnerable to shocks and changes than others, a result of how structural inequalities in environmental, social, political, and economic conditions intersect with one another.
Resilience Justice is a way of seeing these systemic inequalities and working with marginalized and oppressed communities to improve their capacities and power to:
- Resist strongly unwanted shocks and changes (e.g., discrimination; gentrification and displacement);
- Bounce back robustly from disasters (e.g., droughts; fires; floods; storms);
- Adapt flexibly to shocks and changes (e.g., climate change); and
- Choose to transform themselves in desired ways in response to shocks and changes.
For more information about Resilience Justice and how it’s used to analyze public policies and systemic inequalities affecting marginalized and oppressed communities check out the work of Earth Keeper spiritual advisor Tony Arnold and visit the Resilience Justice Project of the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.