Navigating Disaster: Investing in Climate Resilience for Immigrant and BIPOC Communities in the South - A Webinar Hosted by GCIR

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
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*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members.*

From forest fires in Canada and Greece to massive floods in Vermont and California – not to mention scorching heat waves across the globe – recent events underscore the fact that climate disasters are an inevitable part of our future. It is estimated that over 2 billion people will be at risk of exposure to intense heat by the end of the century. Here in the U.S., the Census Bureau indicates that one in four residents are socially vulnerable to extreme heat waves. In the U.S., people of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change due to their occupations. Non-citizens and Latino workers, who make up more than 75% of agricultural workers, are twenty times more likely to die from heat-related illnesses than the general population. Meanwhile, Black people are 40% more likely to live in areas with the highest estimated increases in mortality rates due to changes in temperature. 

Regional inequities also play a role in which parts of the U.S. will be most impacted by climate change. Geographies that naturally have hot climates, such as the Southeast U.S. region, will only get hotter. According to a new index created by Texas A&M University and the Environmental Defense Fund, those who reside in that region will be most susceptible to future climate disasters. These vulnerabilities are exacerbated by a lack of political will which makes it challenging to implement comprehensive long-term strategies that meet the needs of diverse communities. However, there is still time to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Climate justice leaders and organizations are working tirelessly to develop the social and economic infrastructure needed to help protect the communities most at risk of experiencing the worst effects of environmental disasters.

What will you learn?

  • Strategies for building climate resilience in the South
  • How philanthropy can invest in transformative solutions to lessen the harms of climate change on immigrant and BIPOC communities

Who should attend?

All interested funders. Please note that calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)

How do you sign up?

Registration is required by August 21st. 

Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
Please email with any questions.

In collaboration with

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees