Shaina Sadai

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Shaina Sadai is a Ph.D. candidate at the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she conducts research on climate modeling, the Antarctica, and other science-related interests. She received a grant for “Multispecies Climate Justice and Sea-Level Rise,” which will be the first research project that analyzes sea-level rise as an issue of multispecies climate justice. Shaina writes,

As climate change continues to alter the structure and function of Earth it is imperative that the needs of animals be adequately understood and represented in policy and advocacy. Everyone is impacted differently by changes in the climate based on their individual needs, positionality, and geographic location. However, there are shared aspects of climate justice that are broadly relevant. These are the need for a safe and livable home with adequate resources, representation in the political realm to advocate for these needs, and broader societal respect for your existence and wellbeing. Justice theory equips us with the tools to assess each of these by focusing on procedural (equity in decision making process), recognition (existence rights), and distributive (spatial and temporal variability) forms of justice.