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Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe

During any given hurricane season, the City of Miami stands a chance of being gutted by a massive storm surge. Studies predict such an outcome could displace up to a million people. The Army Corps of Engineers proposed reducing the risk of such an event by building a wall that would act as a barrier to the wind driven water. Fearing that it might impact their real estate values, locals balked at the idea. Ultimately, the wall was never built. But the conflict around its proposal serves to illuminate the tough choices cities and policymakers face when attempting to adapt urban infrastructure to a rapidly changing climate.
November 10th, 2022 | 11AM PST | Zoom | Cost: Waived
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Guest: Mario Alejandro Ariza

Mario Alejandro Ariza is an investigative reporter for Floodlight news, where he writes about climate change and the people responsible for it. Previously, he was an investigative reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. You can also find his byline in places like The New Republic, The Atlantic, Audubon Magazine, and the Huffington Post. In 2020, he published a book called Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe. His essays have been featured in The Believer and selected for Best American Essays. He lives in South Florida with two cats, a dog, and a sturdy pair of waterproof boots.

Host: Lorraine Schneider

Lorraine Schneider is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) who has developed, facilitated and implemented rigorous training and exercise programs serving The Walt Disney Company, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as local jurisdictions and nonprofits. In 2020, she launched the Emergency Management Growth Initiative (EMGI) in an effort to make the emergency management profession more visible and accessible. Ms. Schneider served as an inaugural board member of Women in Homeland Security – Southern California and was the producer and host of the COVID-19 Heroes podcast.
Disposable City

Disposable City

Featuring Journalist Mario Ariza November 10th


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