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Building Wildfire Resilience in the West: How Wildfire Disproportionately Impacts Vulnerable Communities | Session 5

When: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm PDT
Where: 
Zoom Webinar
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About this Series

Western landscapes have always burned and always will. The more we suppress fire and change the climate, the more catastrophic wildfires become. How can we make communities and wild lands more resilient in the age of megafire?

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About the Session

Wildfires in the past few years have exacerbated existing socioeconomic and health disparities. In particular, our most vulnerable communities, already experiencing higher levels of underlying health conditions and economic insecurities, are further at risk of pollution and economic impacts resulting from catastrophic wildfires. The era of megafire is forcing a new and intersecting conversations about ways we can improve public health.

Session Objectives

This session focuses on the implications of catastrophic wildfire on public health and what funders can do about it. 

  • Shifting philanthropic focus from wanting to only improve emergency services to investments in preventive community and wildland resilience solutions to protect public health
  • Illuminate opportunities to fund policy innovation to protect the most vulnerable populations – low-income communities, farm workers, prisoners fighting wildfire
  • Discuss the intersection of land use planning as it relates to equity, public health, and wildfire

Other Events in this Series

  • Session 1: The Convergence of COVID-19 and Wildfire Register > 
  • Session 2: Why Western forests are burning catastrophically Register >
  • Session 3: Catastrophic Wildfire- Opportunities for Intervention Register > 
  • Session 4: The Future of Wildfire, Climate Change, and Water in the West Register >
  • Session 6: Wildfire Resilience and Economic Opportunity Register >

Target Audience

This program is open to all funders (NCG, SCG, SDG members and non-funder members). 

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