The cost of an urban climate crisis, #BHeard next Wednesday, Dec. 9

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Over the past few years, the issue of climate change has become impossible to ignore. The effects of climate change are not lost on those who call New York City home. Families who live in low-income housing are exposed to toxic and hazardous conditions, and their children are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections and asthma.

With repairs to various points of the city’s infrastructure still taking place and the financial costs of these repairs and insurance steadily rising for residents, there are some serious questions to be answered. How can members of the community cope with these effects while also dealing with a steep increase in their billing for necessary utilities and food? Climate change has transformed from a water cooler topic into a serious matter for everyone, especially individuals and families who are already having difficulty.

BRIC’s #BHeard Community Town Hall event on Wednesday, December 9, hosts a panel of noted activists and local educators to speak about these issues. Those who attend this free event can also ask pertinent questions to gain better insight. The latest event in the series will take place at the BRIC House and will broadcast live to the viewing public.

The panelists scheduled to appear are Solly Granatstein (Producer of Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously), Elizabeth Yeampierre (Executive Director at UPROSE), Ken Gould (Director of the Urban Sustainability Program at Brooklyn College), Cecil D. Corbin-Mark (Deputy Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice), and Adam Sobel (Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and author of Storm Surge). The panel will be moderated by Brian Vines, a senior producer with BRIC TV.

The town hall begins at 7 p.m., with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may RSVP for the event online.

 

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