Like Wildfire: How Climate Justice Should Change Disaster Response

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Virtual Lecture

Sponsored by DBASSE and Issues in Science and Technology magazine, the 2021 Henry and Bryna David lecture will feature Michael A. Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy.

As climate change advances, communities across the United States are adapting to the increased threat of wildfires. Such disasters are expected to become more frequent and severe. In this lecture, Méndez explores why it is crucial to understand how these events amplify existing inequalities, and how to lessen the resulting harms, in particular for the most stigmatized populations, such as undocumented Latino/a and Indigenous migrants.

Méndez's research on climate-induced disasters and social vulnerability has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Faculty Career grant, in conjunction with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Michael Mendez