The Sierra Fund has been selected by Briar Patch as their checkout “Co-op Cause” donation
Rounding up your purchase at BriarPatch will bolster The Sierra Fund’s work to build the capacity of at-risk populations to withstand the mounting impacts of climate change on the region, including increased fire risk. The Sierra Nevada is home to only 2% of California’s population, but these residents are among the state’s most at-risk for climate-induced impacts on health and socioeconomic well-being.
In 2018, wildfire emerged as the topic of greatest concern among community members who participated in The Sierra Fund’s Environmental Health Survey exploring the unique exposures that impact Gold Country residents. Wildfire is imminent, yet disadvantaged community members including those who are low-income, geographically, culturally, or socially isolated, or non-English speaking may not have the tools to prevent the deleterious impacts of wildfire.
By ensuring that vulnerable populations are aware of and have equal access to resources to prevent loss of life and property, improve the fire resilience of forested properties, conduct emergency planning, and mitigate air quality impacts on health, TSF’s work promotes social and environmental justice in the Sierra Nevada.
We are grateful to Briar Patch for the opportunity to increase our community-based support through this program and will use these funds to invest back into the community by increasing access to potentially lifesaving information and resources through multiple avenues and in multiple languages.