Kim Fortun

Kim Fortun, an anthropology professor at UC Irvine who studies environmental injustice, said she’s seeing this caretaker connection play out as she organizes a community meeting in Orange County around strategies for coping with prolonged power outages, something that could occur as heat waves intensify. As they tackle questions such as how to find cool spaces, or how to help family members who rely on medical devices, Fortun said she expects most of the people attending the meeting will be women, who are still largely in charge of running their households. 

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