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Heat in Houston: Justice Implications, Solutions, & How People of Faith Can Engage

Jaime Gonzalez, Houston Healthy Cities Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
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Heat kills more people than any other kind of natural disaster. Texas is one of three states with the highest heat-related deaths. Houston's urban heat issues are already serious and are forecasted to get much worse. Urban heat negatively affects human and biodiversity health throughout the region, exacts a financial toll, leads to higher ozone levels, and reduces quality of life. Heat mapping in Houston has shown that high heat is more concentrated in underinvested communities and/or Communities of Color, thereby widening historic inequalities. Join Jaime Gonzalez, who led heat mapping efforts in Houston, to learn how to engage.