Earth Day Week climate conference, April 20-25, 2020
Earth Day Week 2020. The public, free, online, no-fly climate conference.
50 years ago, the Earth Day movement was born. In 2018 on Earth Day, We Don’t Have Time hosted the first-ever public, free, no-fly, online climate conference. In 2020, we team up with Earth Day Network to celebrate their 50th anniversary with six days of live online broadcast – Earth Day Week. Our special theme for this day is education and innovation. In other words: big ideas!
10:00 CEST / 4:00 am EST – Helsinki studio, Special pre-broadcast
From Tragedy to Strategy
Our partner Vincit are broadcasting a panel discussion about "How can strategic thinking tip the scales in favor of planetary health?"
As we live through a pandemic, join us to discuss the transformative potential of this unprecedented moment and the strategic opportunities to create desirable, sustainable futures. This special pre-broadcast ends 11:30 CEST.
15:00 CEST / 9:00 am EST – Stockholm studio, Main broadcast
Introduction Keynote – ”Advancing Health and Education as Climate Action”
by Crystal Chissell, Vice President, Operations & Engagement, Project Drawdown
Solutions in Big ideas and education – Part I
Doers & Thinkers – Part II
16:00 CEST / 10:00 am EST - Washington D.C. studio
With host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, US representative We Don’t Have Time
16:45 CEST / 10:45 am EST – Stockholm studio
by Johan Falk, Co-founder and Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Lead Author of 1.5 Business Playbook, a guide for companies and organizations of all sizes to exponential climate strategy and alignment with the 1.5°C ambition.
Solutions in Big ideas and education – Part II
Doers & Thinkers – Part II
Concluding Keynote – “Citizens lobbying for a good cause + big climate wins against all odds”
Doers & Thinkers Extra session
by Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam
Prolonged broadcast - 18:15 CEST / 12:15 noon EST – Closing remarks
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Crystal draws on her deep experience and interdisciplinary background in local and state government, law, business and social equity. She cultivates strategic partnerships and networks that foster public engagement to move the world toward scaling climate solutions. She speaks publicly about climate solutions and serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups and advocacy organizations.
Program Management, Lead Author, Initiator Exponential Roadmap, Lead Author 1.5 Business Playbook and more.https://exponentialroadmap.org/https://exponentialroadmap.org/1-5c-business-playbook/
Bjarke Kovshøj is a co-creator with several years of experience turning climate action into tangible solutions. Working in the intersection between cities and citizens, Bjarke is actively driving and promoting the entrepreneurial programme Climathon, a platform for cities and citizens to rethink their cities climate action.
David is a Climate Reality Leader and the African Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby. A highly efficient & dedicated individual with over 10 years' combined experience in community mobilization, passionate about environmental management, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy, dedicated to enabling sustainable development in Sub Saharan Africa. David is the Founder and Executive Director of GIFSEP- Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation based in Nigeria; David Michael advocates, educates and mobilizes communities to respond to a changing climate.
Donnie has been working with entrepreneurship and innovation for over 25 years, both running his own companies and helping others start theirs. For the past 10 years he has helped shape and build KTH Innovation, the innovation support office at KTH. He is also the founder of the Entrepreneurs Without Borders Foundation, a Swedish organization with global reach on a mission to help local founders start and grow sustainable businesses that can employ.
Miguel has dedicated his career to building a healthy environment and clean climate across Africa. In 2018 he co-founded APET Renewable Energy Services to curb environmental pollution in Nigeria through the conversion of bio-waste into electricity. In 2019 he founded Afrigod, a creative initiative that proffers solutions to the environmental and climate crisis through strategic social projects in Africa. Miguel is also an ambassador for We Don’t Have Time since November 2019 and is putting together a combined sports and cleanup competition for the climate in Lagos, Nigeria.
Bernadette is a Berlin-based electro-pop musician, singer-songwriter and theatre director with a passion for political & social issues and utopian ideas. Since 2014 she wrote 5 climate songs for the festival "Save the world". She performed her song "I'm an island" for the opening of the COP23 in Bonn together with 200 children and the Beethoven orchestra. She wrote the song "I need air" for the COP 24 in Katowice, and she recorded her song "Save the world with this melody" together with her singing partner Nick Nuttall, the former spokesperson and communication director of the UNFCCC.http://lahengst.com/https://youtu.be/X1ZEwjkCXvc
Gerhard is an art historian, a philosopher, rector of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, academic director of futur.io Institute Hamburg, and a member of the board of directors at the Berlin School. He founded BSSF, a private university of applied sciences newly conceived, from the ground up for anyone who would like to develop sustainable and intercultural innovations and implement them with professional success through media.
Chad is a co-author and the lead researcher of the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. In collaboration with a global team of researchers, he designed integrated global models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Chad works as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being.
25 years in the IT industry running a range of different business teams. 2010 Started a new life in Portugal as a safe place to survive climate change. Engaged with politics starting Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Portugal in 2015. Created EU focus in 2018 to enable National and European climate policy. 2019 founded Citizens’ Climate Europe to directly engage EU Parliament.
Mitchell is publisher of The Energy Mix, a free, usually thrice-weekly e-digest on climate, energy, and carbon-free futures. He's been involved with renewable energy and energy efficiency/conservation since 1977, climate change since 1997, and delivered a TEDx talk in Ottawa in October 2019 on how to build broader public support for faster, deeper carbon cuts. A proudest moment was building a model wind turbine out of wooden stir sticks with his then-11-year-old daughter, and improv comedy practices are often the best part of his week.
Antti is a business developer that has always worked in the intersection of business and technology and can act as an interpreter between engineers and business guys. With Puro.earth Antti and team are creating a business model for rewarding climate positive (/carbon net-negative) operations that draw CO2 down from the atmosphere and minimize the impact of the excessive CO2 concentration.
Joachim Karthäuser is physical chemist and started his career with the German Parliament Study Commission on ozone hole and climate change in 1989. Being a science nerd, he needed 15 years commercial education in companies like Shell, NKT and AGA/Linde Gas, working in functions like R&D, sales and business development, before he was able to become a serial entrepreneur. In 2011, he co-founded Climeon, a company with the mission to be the #1 Climate Solver by converting heat to electricity.
Rosmarie am a social entrepreneur who mobilise movements and develops solutions to solve the climate crisis. Ms Sundström has a journalist exam and will soon also have an agronomist exam. For over fifteen years she have worked within NGO:s and during that time I have founded Save the Children Youth Sweden, the Co-Grow food movement and the Climate Students movement.
In his role as UK High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping drives action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions to address climate change ahead of UN climate talks, COP26. On World Environment Day 2020, Nigel launched the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign – the largest ever coalition committed to net zero emissions – alongside his fellow Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business until December 2019, where he drove radical collaboration for climate action among NGOs working with the world's most influential businesses. Previously, Nigel was Executive Director of CDP, launching new programs and partnerships including supply chain, water, forests and cities. Nigel has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, is a commissioner on the Energy Transitions Commission and has been instrumental in the launch of many collaborative initiatives such as Science Based Targets, Business for Nature and the Global Commons Alliance. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, Devon, UK
Devapriyo is senior communications advisor for Sustainability at Ørsted, a leading renewable energy company, which was recently ranked the world's most sustainable company in the Global 100 index. Previously, he worked as a newswire and newspaper journalist, and more recently as a corporate communications professional in the biotech industry. He's an Indian citizen having lived and worked in the UK, India, Uganda and now Denmark.
Peter is a member of the Earth Day Switch team from its inception in early 2020. Predominantly researching prior to launch, helping to build the metrics upon which UK banks and energy companies could be measured. Since the launch, I have been helping with outreach and business liaison, involving finding avenues to reach new users and managing relationships with businesses featured. Earth Day Switch launches on 22.3.20.
Cassie is an internationally recognized expert on the global treaty negotiations on climate change and provides advice to countries on how to develop and fulfill their pledges under the Paris Agreement. In 2017 – 2018, she served as the Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Fiji in his role as COP23 President. In 2017, she was named the 13th most influential person on climate change by Onalytica.
Dan Reed is the program director of Planet Forward, an environmental storytelling platform housed in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. Planet Forward’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of storytellers focused on environment, science and sustainability. Planet Forward publishes original, student-produced media on the environment and sustainability and is partnered with more than 25 colleges and universities across the country.
Head of Sustainability at Telia Company. Previous roles include Head of Sustainability and Head of Corporate Engagement at the Church of Sweden, and working as a journalist and board member of NGOs such as Swedwatch and Fairtrade. Sara will share insight on how using big data for the climate can decrease carbon and other emissions from the transport sector, a major contributor to climate change. Mrs. Nordbrand shares a current concern she has: "My main worry right now is that crucial initiatives - by governments, companies or other players - won't happen or will be postponed due to corona".
Maria Djupström is the sustainability strategist of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is responsible to coordinate the Chalmers strategic sustainability plans, the reporting and communication regarding the SDGs and the climate strategic plan of Chalmers. Maria has a PhD in Environmental Physics and did research about long distance transported particular air pollutants. She is also a businesswoman, helping companies with their strategic environmental work and ISO 9001 and 14001 management systems. She is also a certified auditor for these standards.
Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
Amos Taylor is a futurist and researcher at Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. He works in the Academy of Finland funded project Bioeconomy & Justice BioEcoJust, that considers the coming transformations for the next 100 years and the ethical decisions that arise. His work explores highly participatory and creative approaches to engage alternative futures.
Jirimiko advises his corporate clients on reputation, responsibility and foresight. Over the years, he has helped numerous Fortune Global 500 companies on strategic initiatives. He sees stakeholder pressure intensifying fast with the escalating ecological crisis. To succeed, enterprises will need to engage in a race to create shared value, and metrics beyond financial return will gain in relevance.
Katri is the strategy and foresight director at Sitra, the Finnish innovation fund, where she is leading strategy work and impact evaluation. Her foresight and insight team provides perspectives on different possible futures over the long term and as part of a dialogue. Katri is interested in the futures of society, and how to contribute to the future by creating social impact and systems changes.
Hosting this global 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 chairwomen of the independent think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challanges).Read less
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.comRead less
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.orgRead less
Together with Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap we invite you to join us for Earth Day Week, April 20–25, 2020. We’ll be broadcasting live talks and other daily shows from Washington DC, Stockholm and with speakers, thinkers and doers from all over the world.
For the third consecutive year we bring you a public, free, online, no-fly climate conference. The program features the brightest minds to discuss solutions to the most daring challenge humanity has ever faced: the climate crisis.
We need climate action and an open dialogue. We need you and everyone to join in.
"2020 must be a Super Year for climate action. We’ll be showcasing the action, the solutions and the fact everyone has a part to play.”
– Nick Nuttal, Earth Day Network
"The immediate priority are to halve global emissions by 2030, by scaling green solutions exponentially. We must reach a critical mass with the new compass direction to enable a virtuous circle of change. Then it is achievable."
– Johan Falk, Exponential Roadmap
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