Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability News
Not so long ago, I used the term "natural disaster" in a manuscript for a publication. My PhD supervisor shot back, “There's nothing natural about disasters.” Decades of hazard research and our frontline communities are concluding the same thing: the ever-growing frequency of natural hazards don’t need to become disasters.
When we announced a few years ago that NCG would be taking up racial equity as a central part of our work we received praise, and we also encountered some skepticism. Many cautioned us that everyone seemed to be “getting into equity” and that we’d better be sure we had something distinct to add. We have taken that to heart.
The Bay Area’s global reputation for innovation, natural beauty, and a high quality of living can make it easy to underestimate the depth and range of needs facing many across the region.
"I planted my first tree there," recalled Tim Bolin as he pointed to patch of burned debris where his first home once stood. Tim is a pastor at the Paradise Alliance Church in the city that has been his home for 40 years.
We are pleased to announce that Sarah Jones will close out our 2019 Annual Conference with a curated performance!
As of November 20, the Camp Fire has taken 79 lives and 12,637 homes. Evacuation orders have sent tens of thousands of people in the region from their homes. We will keep this site updated with information on how to help.
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce that Alan Kwok has been named Disaster Resilience Director. He brings to the role years of experience in Bay Area disaster response and leadership in the emerging field of community resilience.
Roughly a year ago, I participated in a funders meeting about the North Bay fires, hosted by our friends at Northern California Grantmakers.
At that time, I said in jest that I planned to spend the rest of my career in an iron box in the high desert of Nevada – far away from active fault lines, nearby rivers or forested hillsides that could bloom, overnight, into terrifying oceans of fire.
A year ago today, firestorms came racing through our North Bay communities. With the immediacy of the smoke and danger to our friends and neighbors, it was hard to think about anything else. Our community responded with urgency and generosity. Donations from outside Sonoma surpassed even the local outpouring.
Study by Northern California Grantmakers examines how the fires affected a key economic driver in the region, aims to supplement research on fires’ impact.