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January 11, 2019
Climate justice Social determinants Democracy Data governance Economic justice

“The seas are rising but so are the people”: Data, Disaster & Collective Power

For many Black communities, a storm of policies and practices hit well before the first rains of Katrina, Harvey, Matthew or Florence. And everyday, these storms rage in plain sight. Climate change has magnified the devastating impact of displacement driven by unbearable housing costs. It has revealed the need for investment in emergency preparedness, not law enforcement, and that clean energy solutions are not solutions if they harm Black and Brown communities.

Today, sea level rise data provided by state-of-the-art satellites, mathematical equations known as climate models that determine policy, and engineering efforts to save lives in the wake of natural disasters are being developed and implemented out of step with necessary efforts organized by communities in the absence of government support. What are the ways that Black communities are using social media, data, and technology to prepare for the next disaster? To prevent it? What are the role of data scientists and engineers in these rapid response moments and the movement for climate justice?