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Living with Fire
July 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saving Lives, Homes and Forests
Chad Hanson, PhD, Ecologist
Director, John Muir Project
Contributor to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation publication
A New Direction for California Wildfire Policy—Working from the Home Outward
Joined by: Maya Khosla, Wildlife Biologist, Writer and Filmmaker
Dr. Hanson brings good news:
- Homes can be made much safer even though climate change has created extreme conditions leading to more wildfires that cannot be contained with fire suppression efforts.
- Making homes fire-resistant (hardening homes) is the most effective and cost-efficient way of preventing catastrophic loss from wildfires.
- After a fire, forests retain 89% of their sequestered carbon. If undisturbed, it provides superb wildlife habitat while in can recapturing lost carbon often within 10 years.
- If we honor the science, we can strengthen forests– our most valuable resource to fight climate change.
- We do not need to tear out forests to save communities
- City dwellers can learn how to avoid ignitions from embers (firebrands) that blow far ahead of fires. Can we avoid another Coffey Park, which had Hwy 101 for a firebreak?
Learn more and see home fire safe examples and materials
Presentation, film, Q&A
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation: $10.
Co-hosts: Napa Vision 2050, Napa Climate Now/350BayArea and Napa Sierra Club