xii Introduction the intergenerational inequities discussed in this book set are also at great risk for having those inequities, and their psychological consequences are exacerbated by the consequences of environmental degradation. Those living with income and wealth inequities also tend to live in marginal lands that are threatened by a changing climate. The aftermath of extreme weather events causes the existing disadvantaged groups to suffer dis- proportionately or create new disadvantaged groups. Due to the lack of resources in coping and recovering from the damage, the disadvantaged groups encounter a greater subsequent inequity. According to the United Nations World Social Report (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2020), the climate crisis has a significant impact on populations living in areas that are more vulnerable to environmental degradation and extreme natural disasters. Many who live on these vul- nerable and sometimes marginal lands are people of color. This creates and perpetuates further disparities in education, health, work, and living systems, which in turn increases the phenomena of inequities. As such, it is critical to initiate a communal dialogue among all groups of people to address the global crisis of climate change and promote a more equitable world. Cultural practices for many globally may be at risk due to degrada- tion of traditional lands through resource exploitation and climate change (Norton-Smith et al., 2016). Healing and resilience are often linked to con- nectivity with the land, especially for Indigenous people, so healing the land would be important to promoting psychological healing for the peo- ple. Environmental degradation and climate change also have highlighted shared vulnerability that does not respect boundaries—the inequities that follow will truly be global in scope. Although it is clear that those who are already vulnerable to inequities have and will continue to experience the global psychological consequences of environmental degradation first, eventually the psychological consequences will be shared by everyone. Many new approaches meant to protect people of color from the psy- chological consequences of inequity are proposed in the book set. Part of the strategy is to decolonize the global environment through education and interpersonal contact. Another important strategy involves protect- ing the cultural legacy of people of color globally to promote resilience from inequity. Psychologists will be called upon to think globally about the consequences of inequity and to consider thoughtfully how the tools of psychology may be utilized to reduce the threats of inequity globally while simultaneously addressing its intergenerational psychological con- sequences. Incorporating cultural values and traditions that foster resil- ience will enhance the likelihood that the interventions will be effective and culturally appropriate. The chapters in this volume embody the trends discussed above in the context of specific global challenges to advancing equity. Tremen- dous challenges lay ahead, challenges that widely impact psychological
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