The Injustice of Repeated Flooding

Thrive Rural Open Field Session

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2 – 3:30 pm ET

Our discussion questions: Repeated flooding is an environmental justice issue for all communities, but rural communities need rural solutions when confronting natural disasters and associated recovery efforts. What structural challenges keep rural communities from addressing repeated flooding? What will it take for rural communities to drive their own solutions to repeated flooding?

The challenge: We all want to live in places that are safe and able to respond to disasters. But right now, many rural communities and Native nations — especially communities of color and low-wealth places — experience repeated devastating flooding. The drivers of repeated flooding in rural communities are complex, including climate, unsustainable approaches to development, and structural inequity.

The opportunity: Rural people across the country are working diligently and creatively on home-grown solutions to flooding. Communities and organizations, like the ones profiled in Aspen CSG’s newest case study, are all working hard to address the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in their areas, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.

We want you to join the discussion! This conversation will be enriched by people interested in sharing or learning about flooding and environmental justice in their community.

Please think about a success story or experience you’d like to share. 

The gathering will be moderated by Bonita Robertson-Hardy, Aspen CSG’s Co-Executive Director. You don’t have to share your voice to participate in the event; we encourage you to send insights in the chat or simply listen. All are welcome.

related publications

Case Study
When Communities Keep Flooding: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights and tips on address the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in rural places, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.

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How To Organize a Rural Action Infrastructure

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Report
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Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity: A Call to Action

Need actionable steps in your equitable disaster preparedness or recovery work? This report highlights best practices from the field.

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Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity: A Call to Action — Executive Summary

Executive Summary document for Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity: A Call to Action. Get quick takeaways and recommendations for action.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group