As the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health notes, “Heat causes more deaths in the U.S. each year than floods, storms, and lightning combined. Older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition, among others, are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. The number of extreme heat days in Los Angeles County is expected to rise in the coming decades due to climate change. Prepare yourself and your family now, before the next heat wave comes.”
With a sweltering summer expected, a recent story in the Los Angeles Times notes how Los Angeles vows to improve response to extreme heat. This includes the recently launched a Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, which is “catalyzing collaborative and equitable climate solutions to co-create community climate resilience and thriving, healthy communities”. #HeatRelief4LA is part of the solution.
At the statewide level, Protecting Californians from Extreme Heat provides a plan for moving forward. With historic amounts of public funding now in available to support climate resilient physical and social infrastructure in California, a just transition towards climate resilient communities is possible, building upon years of effort in the region to find community-centered solutions to mitigate against the growing heat island effect that takes place.
At this upcoming convening, we’ll discuss equitable, community-driven solutions that are growing in momentum. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working across sectors on issues related to navigating the disproportionate impacts on low-income, communities of color caused by heat.
This convening is part of a series of quarterly conversations hosted by the Southern California Grantmakers Environmental Funders Group. The convening will continue lifting up themes from previous SCG Environmental Funder Peer Group convenings this year, including Building Decarbonization, Beyond Fossil Fuels, Beyond Land Acknowledgments, and Making Justice 40 a Reality. To register for all upcoming dates, please click the “Register for Recurring Dates” button. This feature is only open to members; please contact us if you are a non-member and wish to register for the series at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 680-8866.
The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California and foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at email@example.com for more information or visit the group’s page on the Southern California Grantmakers’ website.