Resources by Impact Focus

This page offers a sampling of many resources about those most impacted by climate change and about impacted populations’ and communities’ problem-solving, to reduce climate threats, improve health and community well-being, and advance equity.  Help us improve this resource by suggesting additions or corrections.

For more pointers, see hubs of activity in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that are focused on supporting specific populations or communities.  

Resources Focused on Impacted Populations

ALL IMPACTED POPULATIONS

Several awards are recognizing leaders of impacted groups and communities for their contributions addressing climate, health, and equity concerns, including: 

Some overviews of climate change impacts on vulnerable or marginalized populations:

Some data tools for assessing at-risk or vulnerable populations or communities:

See also listings in Resources by Geographic Focus for state-specific resources.

 

Resources Focused on Impacted Populations

SPECIFIC IMPACTED POPULATIONS

The following resources are listed in sections about specific impacted populations (by age, race and ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, health status, social and economic status, or work status and occupations).  Following those lists are resources related to specific types of impacted communities (including coastal, indigenous, rural & farm, island, urban, and those with specific climate-related risks). 

Within each section, resources are listed alphabetically by title.  Section categories draw on the Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar) Philanthropic Classification System taxonomy, as well as on the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s “Tracking the Field” database and an EGA/HEFN expanded taxonomy being used to track grants across those networks’ memberships.

AGE GROUPS 

Children and Young People

Older People

RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS

Black People, Indigenous Peoples, People of Color

(See also Resources by Issue Focus section on Environmental Justice)

Indigenous Peoples

(See also Indigenous Communities section below)

GENDER & SEXUAL IDENTITY

LGBTQ People

Women

HEALTH STATUS

People with Diseases and Illnesses

People with Disabilities

SOCIAL & ECONOMIC STATUS

Immigrants and refugees

Economically disadvantaged people 

WORK STATUS & OCCUPATIONS

Farmworkers and other outdoor workers

Health care professionals 

Resources Focused on Types of Communities

(See also:  Resources by Geographic Focus)

Coastal communities

Indigenous communities 

(See also Indigenous Peoples section above)

Island communities

Rural and farm communities 

(See also Farmworkers, above)

Urban communities

Communities facing droughts

  • Drought, Climate Change and Health Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health (2016)

  • Drought resources including US Drought Monitor, US Climate Resilience Toolkit

  • Extreme Rainfall and Drought, American Public Health Association climate and health factsheet

  • Lancet Countdown Report 2020 indicators 1.2.1 on health and extreme weather events, 4.1.1 on economic losses from extreme weather events,   Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change (2020)

  • Resilience Strategies for Drought, Kristiane Huber, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (2018)

Communities facing flooding

Communities facing heat waves

Communities facing hurricanes and other intense weather events

Communities facing wildfires