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In adapting communities to new levels of fairness, we must resist the notion that building equitable and accessible communities is antagonistic to building climate-cognizant communities. This paper will raise some of the core points in this endeavor and will offer suggestions for finding harmony between the two ends through creating communities with intention.

In Part I, I offer some details on what climate change, if unheeded, portends most in our daily lives. In Part II, I tell tales of two cities to frame the larger discussion. In Part III, I highlight some social, political, and economic history that produced a world where the impacts of, and responses to, climate change are disparate. In Part IV, I show that what we are doing to respond to climate change is driven by perceptions of the threat. In Part V, I discuss the range of measures being undertaken for climate cognizance and community inclusion. In Part VI, I return to the tales of two cities and comment on the efficacy and cost of some of the measures employed to remediate climate disasters; showing how misguided, myopic plans can indeed do harm to lives and to a community. In the Conclusion, I discuss the importance of planning and broad thinking about community for equity, sustainability, and resilience, and offer some strategies toward inclusive and climate-cognizant communities that are designed and re-designed with intention.