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For Immediate Release

April 1, 2019

Earth Day Event

Climate Change and California Wildfire Risk:

What We Know, What We Can Do  

Guest speakers:  Dana Nuccitelli and Jerry Hinkle

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7-9pm

Fresno City College, Old Administration Building Room 251

Free and open to the public

On-campus parking – $1.00

Recent wildfires in California have devastated countless families and cost billions in state and federal suppression costs and insurance claims.  Climate scientists and fire experts are predicting more of the same in the coming years.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2019,  two outstanding speakers from the fields of climate and economic policy  will be in Fresno discussing the links between climate, California fire risk reduction and protecting our local health and economy.   The date coincides with the 49th annual Earth Day, started by a Democratic Senator and a Republican Congressman in 1970 to mobilize public awareness of air, water and soil pollution.          

This free, non-partisan lecture presents the peer-reviewed science and economics related to climate change and wildfires.  It will also provide information about the ground-breaking bipartisan legislation recently introduced in Congress known as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR763).

“We often hear in the Sierra about wildfires and forest management practices,” said Connie Young, Group Leader of the Fresno chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, “but climate change is a big contributor to increasing wildfire intensity.  We are pleased to bring Dana and Jerry to our community to discuss this and how we can reduce wildfire risk caused by climate change.”

Co-sponsored by: Citizens’ Climate Lobby Fresno, Fresno City College Students for Sustainable Action Club, Central California Asthma Collaborative, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Fresno Metro Ministry, the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club and the WILPF Fresno, Earth Democracy Issues Group.

Dana Nuccitelli is an environmental scientist, writer, and author of ‘Climatology versus Pseudoscience,’ published in 2015. Dana received a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in physics from UC Davis before becoming an environmental scientist, based in the Sacramento area.  Dana has been researching climate science, economics, and solutions since 2006 . He has published 10 peer-reviewed studies related to climate change, most notably on the 97 percent expert consensus among climate scientists that humans are primarily responsible for the observed global warming since 1950.

Dana has been writing about the subject since 2010 for outlets including Skeptical Science and The Guardian.  He also writes for Yale Climate Solutions (YCC), a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change.   

Jerry Hinkle  had a 35 year career as an economist in the banking industry. He holds master’s degrees in Economy and Climate Policy and advocates pricing carbon to use the market to adequately address climate change.  Jerry has given more than 100 public presentations on the risks of climate change since 2001. He began lobbying Congress for strong climate policy in 2006 and is currently the Northern California Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.   In addition, he serves on CCL’s Board of Directors.

Dana Nuccitelli and Jerry Hinkle are available for interviews in the Fresno area on April 22 and April 23, 2019.  Please contact Andrea Farber De Zubiria at (559) 824-1083

About Citizens’ Climate Lobby:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots citizen advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby has succeeded in: helping members of Congress to negotiate and introduce  bipartisan, revenue neutral carbon pricing legislation the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763); establishing a bipartisan House Climate Solution Caucus; recruiting co-sponsors to the Republican Climate Resolution, the first Congressional Republican statement calling for climate action; and partnering with the California state legislature to pass a resolution calling on the federal government to enact a carbon fee and dividend policy nationwide. Citizens’ Climate Lobby organizes by establishing local chapters in congressional districts with a focus on the single most impactful solution to climate change — a national carbon fee and dividend. It has over 430 chapters and over 100,000 supporters in the U.S. The Fresno area chapter is a team of volunteers covering congressional districts in Fresno, Madera and Tulare that focuses on shared values to build political support for climate action.  For more information, please visit the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website at .