To implement DRR policies and plans, all stakeholders need to be engaged, at every stage. Those most at risk are often disadvantaged through lack of access to resources, power, and influence – like persons with disabilities, local communities, and women.
Census estimates indicate that more than 300,000 people live in areas where average summer surface temperatures are hotter than 90% of the rest of Chicago, or an estimated 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the city average.
Building communities that are resilient to wildfire requires an intentional reawakening of our relationship to fire. The landscape is often wiser than we are here. Studies have shown the memory of fire lives in the landscape.