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Extreme Heat: The Deadliest Climate-Related Health Hazard

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT


How can we advocate for health and equity protections?

Hosted by SF Bay PSR

Extreme heat is the deadliest climate-related health hazard. Climate change is increasing the frequency, duration, and severity of extreme heat hazards, and protective measures, especially for the most vulnerable patients, workers, and lower-income and frontline communities, are not keeping pace. Fortunately, protections from heat are more achievable than protections from other extreme weather events. In California and the Bay Area, health professionals can have a big impact advocating for equitable access to medical care, health info, and warning systems during extreme heat events; affordable cooling such as heat-cooling pumps; affordable and protected access to electricity; community cooling centers; labor laws to protect workers; and the phase out of fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy production to mitigate climate change.

Join us for a rich discussion with an expert panel of speakers who will cover heat-related health issues; what we need to do locally, following the recent Air District vote to phase out gas furnaces, to ensure an equitable and just transition to heat-cooling pumps and protected electricity access; and what we can all do on the state-level to advocate for policies and regulations that ensure equal access to cooling and health protections, and a just transition to renewable energy and electrification.


Rupa Basu, PhD, MPH, Chief of the Air and Climate Epidemiology Section at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar, longtime climate and environmental justice organizer in a variety of urban, rural, and indigenous communities throughout California, organizer with the Local Clean Energy Alliance fighting for equity in clean energy solutions to bring clean power to the people.

Michael Rincon leads PSR-LA’s water work of organizing, educating, and advocating with Southeast Los Angeles communities and community groups on local drinking water issues and other issues related to heat resilience.

Edgar Barraza joined PSR-LA in 2022 as the Energy Equity Policy Coordinator and leads PSR-LA’s statewide equitable building decarbonization policy efforts through the BEEP coalition.