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Tainted Grapes, Tainted Lungs: Extreme Wildfire Impacts to Undocumented Latina/o and Indigenous Migrants
April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
As climate change advances, communities across the United States are adapting to the increasing threat of wildfires. In this lecture, Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at UC Irvine, explores why it is crucial to understand how climate disasters amplify existing inequalities and how to lessen the resulting harms, in particular for stigmatized populations including undocumented Latino/a and Indigenous migrants. A visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Méndez was previously a faculty fellow at the Yale School of the Environment and has more than a decade of experience in the public and private sectors.