A World on Fire: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

As of September 24, there were 28 major wildfires burning across the state of California, including the Complex Fire which has burned over 471,000 acres, making it the largest fire on record in California and leading to atmospheric carbon monoxide levels that are 10 times typical amounts, according to NASA. These deadly wildfires have been caused by record-breaking heat waves, one of the continuing effects of climate change. More troubling, research increasingly suggests the ramifications of climate change will disproportionately affect low-income communities, with a 2018 federal report finding these communities "typically have less access to information, resources, institutions, and other factors to prepare for and avoid the health risks of climate change."

With the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, worsening fire seasons every year, and no end in sight, we must ask, "What role must we take to mitigate the effects?"

We invite you to join our conversation with Bill McKibben, co-founder and senior advisor at 350.org, to discuss this pressing global issue and to learn more about what we can all contribute to help our hurting planet.

This event will be moderated by LMU Journalism Program's Carol Costello, an award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent at CNN and HLN.

Wednesday, October 14 at 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Virtual Event