Things have to change.
We all despise the cliche "the new normal,” but California has one. Climate change is trapping the Golden State in a cycle of larger, more frequent and more severe wildfires. And with more and more people in harm's way. Things have to change, but how? Our panel will discuss the strategies for adapting to this new reality: how to harden homes against fire and who pays for that; whether to get serious about zoning to minimize building in high-fire areas; and what the state is doing to address this intractable problem. This is part of the CalMatters PolicyMatters event series.
Tuesday, November 12, 201911:30 a.m. - Lunch Available12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion
State Senator Bill Dodd: California District 3-NapaRebecca Miller: PhD Candidate, Stanford University, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and ResourcesSteve Nielsen: Homeowner, Wildfire SurvivorDave Winnacker: Fire Chief, Moraga-Orinda Fire District
CalMatters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest journalism organization focused on California state politics and policy. Our mission is to fill the void in state government coverage caused by the decline of traditional journalism organizations and to improve California’s democracy by increasing government transparency, holding politicians accountable, and empowering Californians to participate meaningfully in their own governance. We do that by informing and engaging Californians about state government and public policy that affects their lives, with a focus on education, environment, economy, health and the environment. We are a trusted brand reaching an engaged and influential audience across the state. We distribute our work to 180+ media partners, on our own website, CalMatters.org, and on Apple News and SmartNews.
HostJulie Cart joined CalMatters as a projects and environment reporter in 2016 after a long career at the Los Angeles Times. In 2009 she and colleague Bettina Boxall won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their series on wildfires in the West.
With Rachel Becker, an environmental reporter for CalMatters. Rachel is a reporter with a background in scientific research. She covers climate change and California's environmental policies.
Read more about the impact of climate change on California and the environment.
Special thanks to our event sponsor