San JosÃ© State University brings together experts from academia, government, and industry to discuss critical issues facing California today – wildfires and drought, and their disproportionate impact on historically disadvantaged communities.
On September 16, SJSU will host a virtual webinar âThe Burn and Beyond: Wildfires, Drought and Environmental Justiceâ to discuss issues and potential solutions from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm.
San JosÃ© State University President Mary A. Papazian will moderate the discussion.
âOften it seems that some of our communities don’t get the attention and care that other communities appreciate and take for granted during environmental crises,â Papazian said. “Given the events that have unfolded nationally over the past two years related to systemic racism and disparities in the way people are treated by our institutions, this event could not be more timely or urgent.”
US Congressman Zoe Lofgren, Santa Clara Valley Water District CEO and California NAACP Vice President Rick Callender, and SJSU Associate Professor and Human Rights Institute Director William Armaline will participate in the discussion.
“Cycles of drought and wildfires are worsening in California and surrounding areas in large part due to climate change, threatening the survival of our precious communities and delicate ecosystems,” said Professor Armaline.
âSuch threats also challenge human rights and the ability of Californians to enjoy the basic security and human dignity that everyone deserves. At SJSU HRI, we are delighted to join our colleagues and local public agencies to investigate the problems and potential solutions to these incredible social and ecological challenges.
SJSU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Forest Fire Research (WIRC) is at the forefront of forest fire research in California.
Learn more about SJSU’s research and work related to forest fires:
SJSU Establishes Nation’s Largest Interdisciplinary Research Center in San JosÃ© State Interdisciplinary Forest Fire Research Center
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Forest Fires at SJSU