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A Resilient Future for All Rests on Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable

Kristen Schlemmer, Legal Director, Bayou City Waterkeeper
Kristen Schlemmer
Join Kristen Schlemmer, Legal Director at Bayou City Waterkeeper, as she considers how disasters, while affecting large portions of the Houston population, impact the vulnerable more severely and why building resilience is critical. Hurricane Harvey and Winter Storm Uri showed us that disasters increasingly affect large portions of our region's population. While many of us are able to recover from these storms in a matter of weeks, decades of underinvestment in our water systems and flood protection have left low-income communities especially vulnerable to the long-term effects of a single disaster. As we work toward a resilient future for all, we must focus on those most affected by historic neglect, as well as disaster over the long-term. If we emphasize justice for the most vulnerable among us, we will secure resilience for all. With science, law, and policy, Bayou City Waterkeeper works with local communities to protect and restore natural systems, achieve equitable policy solutions, and systematically advance change to benefit all who live within the Lower Galveston Bay watershed encompassing the greater Houston area. Time will be provided for discussion with the audience after Kristen’s talk. Please register for this talk on Contact Lisa Brenskelle at [email protected] with any questions. [Organizer's description]

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