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Brian McAdoo | Brown is the New Green: “Natural” Disasters, Marginalization and Planetary Health


Brian McAdoo, Duke University

Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness Lab (CCDGB) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series. CCDGB is part of The Entanglement Project, a new FHI initiative focused on the intersections of race, health, and climate. Most talks are hybrid: - In-person registration (w/ COVID safety info): - Zoom registration: The CCDGB speaker series is co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Nature does not cause disasters. A natural hazard can rapidly turn into a disaster when it encounters a community made vulnerable by unjust economic systems, environmental degradation and centuries of systemic racism. This talk will explore the nature of natural disasters by providing a framework in which we can understand the intersections of hazard and vulnerability in order to create more sustainable and just solutions. We will explore case studies in Nepal, Haiti and Madagascar. Brian G. McAdoo is a disaster researcher and head of the PlanetLab in the Earth and Climate Science Division at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. The PlanetLab is interested in how humans are damaging the Earth's physical systems that support life on the planet and how the resulting disasters disproportionately impact marginalized communities. Current research projects apply a Planetary Health framework to understand how natural hazards interact with couple human-environment systems to improve health and well-being in Nepal (climate change, earthquakes, landslides and road development and health outcomes), Madagascar (deforestation, ecosystem services, disease exchange and community health) and the SE United States (extreme climate events impact on emergency services).


Climate, Global, Health/Wellness, Humanities