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Wildfires & Extreme Heat

Climate change is increasing the occurrences and risks of wildfires and extreme heat, both of which pose significant and serious risks to environmental and community health—from unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. People with disabilities, pregnant people and youth, farmworkers, low-income populations and other communities are especially vulnerable to these health threats.

PHI and our programs advance research to better understand and communicate the health impacts of wildfires, smoke and extreme heat, while also working alongside communities to design and implement solutions to protect health and build community power.

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Farmworker communities are hit especially hard by climate change. “We rely on farmworkers for our food, and what we need to do is make sure that they’re protected from heat and wildfire smoke—that they’re informed about what to do, and that they’re actually paid for the days when it’s not safe for them to work,” says PHI’s Dr. Gina Solomon. Learn more about Achieving Resilient Communities (ARC) and their work to address climate change and the impacts on farmworker communities.

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Watch: Farmworkers Advocate for Climate Action

Seven farmworkers in Ventura County, CA share their experiences with climate change—highlighting its impacts and demonstrating the growing need to advance health equity and climate justice.

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