2015 STEM Briefing – Alesandra Najera
"Agua es Vida: Innovative Solutions to Western Water Wars"
Moderated by CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Alesandra Nájera
Often lost in conversations about catastrophic water shortages, drought is a defining feature of Western climate. Rather than treating it as an unpredictable catastrophe, droughts can and should be expected and prepared for accordingly. Also glaringly absent is the disproportionate effect extreme drought conditions have on the Latino population in the United States. Given the distribution of Latinos in the West, their cultural values, and their socioeconomic condition, the impact of drought on this population is unique and deserves to be treated as such. Finding innovative solutions to drought is critical for all residents of the United States. Careful consideration of Latino experiences during drought can ensure that the Latino perspective is respected and included. This briefing will bring together experts to discuss 21st century solutions to the drought’s impacts on the Latino population.
Kristin Whitman, Senior Advisor for Government Relations, Shell Oil Company
Estevan López, Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior
Bruce Goldstein, President, Farmworker Justice
David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus; Director Emeritus, The Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
Mark Magaña, Founding President and CEO, GreenLatinos
Roberto Mera, Kendall Science Fellow on Climate Attribution, Union of Concerned Scientists
The 2015 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.