May 20 Evolutionary Conversation — Wildfire Risks in an Age of Climate Turbulence and Cell Tower Densification

Join Julian Gresser and a Panel of Experts for an Evolutionary Conversation on May 20, 2024 —
How Empowered Local Communities Can Effectively Address Urgent Wildfire Safety Risks
in an Age of Climate Turbulence and Cell Tower Proliferation,
Save Millions of Lives and Protect the Environment

Monday May 20, 2024, 12:00-2:00 pm Pacific
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New scientific findings are uncovering unique wildfire risks associated with the proliferation of wireless small cell and macro towers, smart meters and other IoT devices. At the same time, empowered local communities are innovating to address these grave risks. Please join our panel of leading experts to discuss this critical subject which every local community in the country must now address. This webinar is timely, as wildfire risks associated with cell towers and other wireless infrastructure will greatly intensify during this summer season. This is a foreseeable and avoidable catastrophe. It is also a matter of profound social and environmental justice and basic human rights.

Panelists (* indicates invited, not yet accepted)

  • Julian Gresser, Host, Co-Founder BBILAN; 
  • Scott McCollough, Chief Counsel, Children’s Health Defense; 
  • Mitchell Tsai, environmental lawyer
  • Mark Davis, Co-Founder, Davis Levin Livingston (Honolulu), senior attorney handling Maui wildfire cases; 
  • Odette Wilkens, attorney, founder and General Counsel, Wired Broadband, Inc. (WBI); 
  • Melissa Allain, legal compliance expert
  • Dr. Martin Pall, senior scientist; 
  • Lake Tahoe Fire Safety Alliance: David Jinkens, Dana and Bret Tibbits*, Alan Miller, Robert Aaron; 
  • Sheridan Tatsuno*, visionary environmental city planner, Gaiapolis Academy co-founder; 
  • Erik Anderson*, engineer; 
  • William Moulton*, AI/Technology specialist; 
  • Ryan DiGuilio, Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief, City of Santa Barbara

Agenda (subject to change)


  • Do cell towers and smart meters present a wildfire risk? – A brief summary of the science (terpenes etc.) of EMFs and wildfires — Dr. Martin Pall
  • A brief technical primer on cell tower electrical engineering — Erik Anderson
  • Federal Preemption: Are local communities hands tied? — Scott McCollough
  • Are cell towers critical for effective communications during wildfires? What are some viable preferable alternatives? — Scott McCollough
  • Effective legal remedies: Are wireless telecoms, as public utilities, exempt from local fire safety codes? The Malibu Fire Safety Code and the Malibu Resolution — Scott McCollough
  • NEPA and CEQA (and other state environmental laws): applications wildfire risks: scope of EIS/EIR assessments — Scott McCollough and Mitchell Tsai
  • Evacuation: How well prepared are communities for massive wildfires, beginning this summer 2024?! — Lake Tahoe Fire Safety Alliance
  • Corporate Compliance — Melissa Allain
  • Is installing cell towers in the National Parks a good idea? (HR 6492, et al.) — Odette Wilkens
  • How integrally resilient is Santa Barbara to wildfire risks? Community Resilience Scorecard — Julian Gresser and Ryan DiGuilio
  • Report on the Maui wildfire litigation — Mark Davis
  • Public Policy: Who currently bears the costs of wildfires; who should bear the costs? — Julian Gresser
  • Insurance: Will insurance be available at all; if so, to whom, and will it be affordable? — Julian Gresser
  • Disaster Capitalism, Social and Environmental Justice  — Sheridan Tatsuno
  • Case Studies:
    • Los Angeles County — Julian Gresser, Scott McCollough
    • Lake Tahoe — Lake Tahoe Fire Safety Alliance
    • New York City — Odette Wilkens
  • The Collaborative Imperative: Synergistic/Resilient Leadership — Julian Gresser
  • AI applications in the forecasting and management of catastrophic risks — Julian Gresser

Individual presentations will be followed by a Panel Conversation with audience questions via Zoom Chat.

Critical Next Steps: Generate a National, State, Local Fire Safety Plan, including recommended ordinances and local resolutions.

If you wish to dive deeper into a collaborative journey, consider joining Julian’s Resilient Communities Course; registration closes Thursday May 23, 2024.


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