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As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, UBC Okanagan’s Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science will be presenting an award-winning writer, photographer and educator next week.
Edward Struzik will share his views on North America’s vulnerability to wildfire on March 22 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
During his presentation, he will also discuss his perspectives on wildfire, its impact on air and water quality, and how communities can live with fires that are burning bigger, more often and are increasingly putting people in harm’s way.
Struzik will touch on environmental racism, aggressive firefighting strategies and political indifference.
In addition, he will share details of his latest book, Dark Days at Noon: The Future of Fire, which explains how fire is part of the natural landscape and explores its history and modern society’s response to it.
Struzik's writings have appeared in various publications, including Canadian Geographic and Scientific American, and his photographs have been featured in books, magazines and exhibitions curated by organizations such as the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Recently, he was featured in a National Geographic documentary, The Last Ice.
The environmental advocate is also a member of the New York Times Bog Squad, which is a group of scientists, researchers and experts who answer readers’ questions about the role that bogs, fens and other peat-accumulating wetlands play in climate change and biodiversity.
While registration is required, the event is free and open to the public.