Have you noticed the massive shift going on? We no longer talk about climate change as an abstract, future threat. We are in a climate crisis, and are beginning to connect this fact deeply to our lives and deeds.
Children go on school strike, some politicians propose serious legislation, newspapers replace ”change” with ”crisis”, professionals quit their traditional careers to work for the climate, and social media becomes a tool for influence, not increased consumption. Remarkably often, the leading voices in this transition are female. They move beyond the cynicism of smart and strategic communication and politics to embrace personal courage, devotion, and empathy as the way forward.
Welcome to a show where we explore how women show the way towards a new paradigm of climate courage and crisis communication.
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Hosting this broadcast is Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, an expert moderator, lecturer, and devoted workshop-leader in facilitating sustainable development. Catarina moderates for the EU Commission, the Swedish Government, corporations, local municipalities, and universities. She lectures based on the UN Sustainable Global Development Goals internationally and has TV-skills from her background as a television program host at SVT, Swedish Public Television. She is also content director at A Sustainable Tomorrow and chairwoman of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge).
A renowned leader in the development and gender equality, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy, and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality by Apolitical.*Ms. Albrectsen has been CEO of Plan International since September 2015. Prior to this, she was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Management at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Ms Albrectsen is also Chairman of the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and a member of the United Nations Every Woman Every Child High-Level Steering Group, the Generation Unlimited Global Board and the International Civil Society Centre Board. Ms Albrectsen has previously held senior leadership positions in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNFPA and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served with the UNDP from 1997 to 2004, in Indonesia and later as Director of the Administrator’s Office at UNDP Headquarters. She led country operations for UNFPA in Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan from 2004-2006. From 2007-2009, she led the Danish government’s humanitarian and civil society affairs work as the director of the relevant division in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms Albrectsen is Danish and holds a law degree from the University of Copenhagen.https://plan-international.org/
r. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher, working to heal the planet we call home. She is Vice President of Communication & Engagement at the nonprofit Project Drawdown and was the Senior Writer of Drawdown — the New York Times bestseller on climate solutions. Known for her work at the intersection of climate, gender equality, and women’s leadership, Katharine’s TED Talk on the topic has more than 1.5 million views. In 2019, TIME featured her as one of 15 “women who will save the world.” The Boston Globe dubbed her first book, Between God & Green, “a vitally important, even subversive, story” for its exploration of climate change and evangelical Christianity. Katharine speaks, moderates, and facilitates across diverse forums, including National Geographic, Skoll World Forum, and the United Nations. She holds a doctorate in Geography & Environment from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.https://www.drawdown.org/
Dr. Sweta Chakraborty is a risk and behavioral scientist. She is recognized as an expert communicator who helps household decision-makers better understand existing and emerging risks to be better prepared to thrive on a rapidly changing planet. From climate change, food and water insecurity and scarcity, social strife, over-population, and pandemics, Dr. Chakraborty is the go-to person to learn the truth about, implications of, and the solutions to the risks that threaten human security and well-being. Sweta is a board member and US representative for We Don´t Have Time.http://swetachakraborty.com
Jakob Trollbäck is the designer of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the framework that is the world’s roadmap to a safe future. He has worked as a designer and communications specialist for 30 years, primarily from his company Trollbäck in New York. Three years ago he founded the New Division in Stockholm, a company dedicated to strategic communication focusing on sustainability.https://www.thenewdivision.world/
Jill is a founding member of the Our Kids’ Climate global climate-parent collaboration. Jill is also the director and co-founder of DearTomorrow. Her work has been recognized by the MIT Climate Co-Lab, the Grist 50, TED, Vox, Public Radio International, Yale, and BECC. She is focused on building three main areas on climate: creativity and culture, the parents movement, and integrating social science and practice. She advises dozens of start-up founders and leaders on social entrepreneurship and climate communications.http://ourkidsclimate.org/
Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports We Don't Have Time with a focus on international strategic communications and advice. Nick graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Science. Previously with the Times Newspaper London, the U.N. Environment and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Nick was the Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Paris Agreement of 2015. More recently, he has served as the Director of Communications for the Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco in September 2018 and as the International Strategic Communications Director for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. A passionate fan of English football team Burnley, Nick is also often seen warbling backing vocals at concerts for the German pop singer/songwriter Bernadette La Hengst.https://www.earthday.org
Peter has more than two decades of international experience in emotional intelligence and leadership coaching. Coaching leaders in more than 25 countries through direct one on one coaching as well as group coaching, seminars and workshops, and with four years of international radio hosting experience. Peter has directly impacted over one million people and has been recognized for his results by Forbes, where he continues to write and collaborate on leadership and change through Emotional Intelligence.http://coachjansen.com
Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 100,000 partners in nearly 192 countries More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and is focusing on stepped-up climate action and youth empowerment.
Our Kids' Climate brings together groups working to protect the kids we love from the escalating climate crisis. Our aim is to inspire and empower more parents to start organizing and take action. We provide a platform for groups to collaborate, access tools and support, and act together at key moments.
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We Don’t Have Time is a social media network for everyone who wants to be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. If a large enough number of people want change, and if that energy is directed towards those in charge – change comes. But we don’t have time to wait. The social network is operated by the company WeDontHaveTime AB (publ), whose majority shareholder is the WeDontHaveTime Foundation. The Foundation’s principal purpose is to contribute to a reduced climate impact and an ecologically sustainable environment. Our headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden.