Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm
Join Zócalo Public Square and ICW for an online panel to discuss, “How Can Humans Coexist With Monster Wildfires?”
From Australia to the Amazon to the American West, megafires have grown so frequent, large, and deadly that they’ve forced a reevaluation of how human societies coexist with fire. In a warming world, governments are confronting whether we must retreat from certain places to survive. Have fires become too big for people and the planet? How are fire management techniques—both old (such as “cool” or prescribed burns used by some Indigenous people) and new (digital technology that maps fire hot spots)—being employed against megafires? And how can citizens and their communities learn to live, build, and plan for a future of firestorms?
NPR National Desk Correspondent Nathan Rott, Historical ecologist Jared Dahl Aldern, CSU Long Beach American Indian Studies professor Theresa Gregor, and Fernanda Santos, The Fire Line author and Professor of Practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit Zócalo to examine how and whether human beings can coexist with megafires.