The article "From sustainable urbanism to climate urbanism" by Joshua Long and Jennifer L. Rice presents an interesting perspective on the shift from sustainable urbanism to climate urbanism in response to the increasing threats of climate change. However, the authors fail to fully interrogate the potential social justice impacts of this new development paradigm.
The article suggests that cities are appropriate sites for addressing climate change, but in the current neoliberal context, the transition from policy rhetoric to climate action presents a potentially problematic landscape of inequality and injustice. The authors argue that the potential social justice impacts of climate urbanism have not been fully interrogated, but they do not provide any evidence or examples to support this claim.
Furthermore, while the article acknowledges that cities must be protected from climate hazards in order to ensure the reproduction of the global economic system, it fails to explore how this may exacerbate existing inequalities and injustices. For example, investments in climate resilient infrastructure may disproportionately benefit wealthier neighborhoods and businesses, leaving marginalized communities vulnerable to climate hazards.
The article also overlooks the potential displacement and gentrification that may result from efforts to protect physical and digital infrastructures of urban economies from climate change hazards. This is particularly concerning given that low-income communities and communities of color are often more vulnerable to displacement and gentrification.
Overall, while "From sustainable urbanism to climate urbanism" offers a critical lens to evaluate the merits of climate urbanism, it falls short in fully exploring its potential social justice impacts. The authors should have provided more evidence and examples to support their claims and should have considered how efforts to protect cities from climate hazards may exacerbate existing inequalities and injustices.