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Rebuilding Paradise Panel Discussion

Photo: National Geographic

In this program, we will examine the wisdom of rebuilding towns at the edge of the wilderness as wildfires now have no seasons. The controversy around the rebuilding of the town of Paradise, California raises questions of home, community, as well as equity. We will discuss who gets to say which and how towns get rebuilt, and for whom. After the state of California spent close to $2 billion on the Camp Fire clean-up, is Paradise safer from future wildfires? Are there wildfire management strategies we can learn from our Native Californians, the original stewards of this land?


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CM Credits: 1
Curated by Fay Darmawi


Fay Darmawi (Moderator) Founder and Executive Director, SF Urban Film Fest

Ron W. GoodeRon W. Goode Tribal Chairman of the North Fork Mono Tribe, Educator

Sarah-Karlinsky Sarah Karlinsky Senior Advisor, SPUR

Xan Parker
Xan Parker Producer, Rebuilding Paradise

Kevin Phillips Kevin Phillips Paradise Town Manager

Co-Presented by SPUR

In this program

man standing around debris from fire

Rebuilding Paradise

Directed by Ron Howard

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a spark from a transmission line in Northern California, coupled with…

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