Above is a preview of a new documentary film that Listening for a Change is
creating titled Firestorm Climate Awakening. Interviewed are Sonoma
County neighbors who lost their homes in the 2017 firestorm as well as
climate scientists and people taking action to make a difference. We are
currently in a climate crisis and together need to find and travel paths
toward a healthy world in the window of remaining time.
Please take about 6 ½ minutes to view this film. Our goal is to complete and
share widely by the end of 2021. Your donation is much appreciated. You
can donate via PayPal (button below) or via check (preferred) to:
Listening for a Change
4908 Sonoma Highway, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
History & Healing after the Fires
Listening for a Change reached out to households to hear multiple voices from varying geographic fire-destroyed areas as well as differing demographics. The firestorms of 2017 burned over 5200 homes in Sonoma County with an additional 1200 other structures including businesses, barns, etc. Twenty-four people died in Sonoma County in what was the most destructive fire in California history.
The stories are gifts for us all—Healing is promoted and for those receiving the story, there is an opportunity to understand what our neighbors went through and how they have been affected. With better understanding, we will be able to more effectively support one another, rebuild, and protect our devastated community. Sadly, the fires have continued—2019 and 2020 were years of additional wide destruction.
Deputy Sheriff Dave Thompson
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County’s
Firestorm Video History Project
A collaborative effort with the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County, Listening for a Change filmed and edited 60 people who lost their homes in the firestorms of 2017 or were leaders. To view excerpts from these powerful stories, go to