The town at the center of California’s climate refugee crisis
After Julia Cheek lost all of her belongings in the Camp fire, she longed for a safe place to lay her head at night. When she finally received a check from the California utility that had caused the fire, Cheek used it to buy the only home she could afford: a 2010 Nissan Xterra.
Cheek didn’t have insurance and has struggled to secure permanent housing since the fire, remaining among the growing population of unhoused residents in this northern California outpost.
I would prefer to have a bed to sleep in, not a car,” said the 58-year-old, who shares her “home” with her partner John Hatch, and her dog, Shelby. “I’m getting too old for this.”
Cheek’s disaster began in November 2018, when a crumbling component of a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) power line cast sparks into the dry brush of the Sierra Nevada foothills, creating a fire that would kill 85 people, destroy about 14,000 homes and level the town of Paradise…READ ON
Restoring employee wellbeing for the new world of work
The need for employers to address the impact of the pandemic on employee wellbeing is clear.
JLL’s March 2021 research shows employees expect employers to help them address their challenges and, according to our latest research in March 2022, 49% of employees still feel overwhelmed by a huge mental overload. Additionally, 46% feel isolated from their colleagues and 49% believe they are at risk of burnout due to professional or personal mental load.
The priorities of the workforce have significantly shifted, ranking health and wellbeing above quality of life and financial health…READ ON