exploratorium

Conversations About Landscape: Living With Fire in a Changing Climate

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 • 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.


Climate change continues to create a “new normal” in terms of flooding, weather, hurricanes, heat waves, drought—and the behavior of wildfires in California is no exception. But what factors and drivers are actually changing, and how might we re-examine practices and ways of thinking when grappling with how we live with fire in the future?

Join us for a discussion of the interdependent ecological, management, and human systems that affect how we can collectively take care of our forests and our communities.

About the Speakers:

A senior scientist with Save the Redwoods League, Dr. Kristen Shive focuses on preservation and restoration of giant sequoia and coast redwood ecosystems, and will set the context and discuss the role of fire in creating resilient forests in an era of climate change.

A professor of environmental science and policy at UC Davis, Dr. Mark Lubell brings a social science perspective, and will talk about the urban interface and actions at the individual, community, and regional levels that can help society increase its resilience to fire devastation.

Director of the Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Health, Dr. Linda Rudolph will explain the link between climate change and health, and delve into the lasting effects that people face when dealing with the impacts of climate change.

Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Native American Advisor to the UC Office of the President, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Valentin Lopez will share examples that underscore the urgency and systems thinking needed to take care of Mother Earth and living things.

This is the first in a series of “Conversations” about climate change and public health.