Earth Day Week climate conference, April 20-25, 2020

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Earth Day Week 2020. The public, free, online, no-fly climate conference.

Monday

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April

20

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Finance

 

"We know we have the finance to deliver the transition to sustainable development. Whether we achieve this is up to us.”

Earth Day Week climate conference, April 20-25, 2020

Monday

  ,

April

20

:

Finance

 

"We know we have the finance to deliver the transition to sustainable development. Whether we achieve this is up to us.”

April 20: Finance

The finance industry holds, many would claim, the key to securing the transition to a fossil-free society. Solutions need funding to scale exponentially, and the fossil fuel industry needs to be defunded. Climate-conscious stakeholders are already moving in this direction. Is the finance industry actually the climate movement’s best friend? Join us on April 20 and watch thinkers, doers, and industry leaders patch together an answer to this question.

15:00 CEST /  9:00 am EST – Stockholm studio

Opening remarks from hosts Ingmar Rentzhog, We Don’t Have Time, Owen Gaffney, Exponential Roadmap Initiative and Nick Nuttall, Earth Day Network

Introduction Keynote – Finance
by Prof. Nick Robins,
Professor in Practice – Sustainable Finance, Grantham Institute/London School of Economics

Solutions in Finance – Part I
How to move pension funds, banks, and minds to work for the climate

Doers & Thinkers – Part I

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

Keynote – “The Exponential Transformation of Finance”

by Owen Gaffney, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Research. The finance industry's path toward 1.5°C, based on the Exponential Roadmap's 36 solutions to halve emissions by 2030 and how to scale them.

Solutions in Finance – Part II
How to move pension funds, banks and minds to work for the climate—exponentially

Doers & Thinkers – Part II

Concluding Keynote – “Neoclassical economics and the root for the climate crisis” 

by Prof. Stephen Keen, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security, University College London

18:00 CEST /  12:00 noon EST  – Closing remarks

Closing remarks from hosts Ingmar Rentzhog, We Don’t Have Time, Owen Gaffney, Exponential Roadmap Initiative and Nick Nuttall, Earth Day Network

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Speakers

Paul Dickinson

 (
UK
)
Executive Chair, CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project)

Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. His book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall and introduced the concept of sustainability product marketing, which is growing in significance as a force in contemporary commerce.

Prof. Nick Robins

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UK
)
Professor in Practice - Sustainable Finance, Granthan Research Institute, London School of Economics

In the forests and farms of my youth, Nick was shocked that the world of business and finance did not see environmental sustainability as a natural part of their core operations. Nick is working to align the $370 trillion financial system with climate action and sustainable development. He’s working with central banks to identify their role in greening the financial system and looking at the key role played by sovereign bonds as a tool for sustainability.

Alessandra Sollberger

 (
UK
)
Entrepreneur and Investor

Alessandra oversees Top Tier Impact, the global private network of impact investors and impact entrepreneurs. Across their locations in the US, the UK, Europe, and Asia, Top Tier Impact members manage some of the leading impact funds and run some of the most impactful companies.

Prof. Stephen Keen

 (
TH
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Honorary Professor, University College London

Author of Debunking Economics (with its third edition currently under development), Steve is one of a dozen economists credited with having warned of the 2007 global financial crisis and is the designer of the Open Source system dynamics program Minsky. He has authored about 70 refereed academic papers critical of mainstream economics and is a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security at University College London.

Sharryn Porter

 (
UK
)
Founder One Quick Change

Sharryn founded the Fire Your Fossil Bank pledge in 2020. The pledge calls on customers of fossil fuel funding banks to transfer their money to a sustainable alternative. With this simple action, we can apply additional pressure on these banks to divest from fossil fuels and support the movement towards a greener economy.

Joakim Jansson

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SE
)
Founder, Klimatbytet

Joakim is founder of #Klimatbytet - a non-profit initiative aiming at redirecting our money out of fossil to more climate friendly alternatives. So far more than 300 MSEK has been made more climate friendly through www.klimatbytet.se. Joakim is also author of the best selling book Leading Digital Transformation, and originator of the Digital Maturity Matrix, a methodology for digital transformation used by a thousand+ companies. Joakims day job is to democratise transformation at DigJourney where he is a founder. His background is as entrepreneur and leader of media and online startups.

Anders Langworth

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SE
)
Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea Bank

Anders heads one of the largest sustainability teams in the European financial sector. Anders has, as the only Nordic representative, one of eleven seats in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) global Banking Committee, which steer the overall strategy and activities of the global Banking Programme. He is also the Founder of Bankers for Climate (www.bankersforclimate.com), an independent non-profit climate change movement for all employees in the global financial industry.

Jillian Semaan

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US
)
Director of Food and Environment, Earth Day Network

Jillian is the Director of Food and Environment at Earth Day Network where she focuses on addressing the impact animal agriculture has on the planet. She advocates for plant-based diets for the health of the environment and self. Previously as Chief of Staff of Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture, she was able to create and implement government initiatives that focused on sustainable agriculture in food desserts and disadvantaged communities. She is passionate about raising awareness about how our food choices and food systems affect the planet.

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Peter Mckillop

 (
US
)
Founder & Editor, Climate & Capital Media

Climate & Capital Media was founded by Peter and senior financial executive. Prior to founding Climate & Capital Media, he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he led global communication campaigns to build strong sustainable brands focused on ESG, impact, sustainability, and climate change. Mr. McKillop spent most of his early career as a correspondent and bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong where he covered key economic, financial, social, political, issues.

Philip Ripman

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NO
)
Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager of Global Solutions, SPP / Storebrand

Portfolio Manager for Storebrand Global Solutions since 2015. Philip holds an MA in Chinese Studies and a Master’s in Political Science. He started his career within the group as ESG analyst, but have over the years held several positions, such as Group Head of Sustainability and Head of Responsible Investments. He has advised several governments and institutions on topics ranging from coal exclusions, environmental impacts of human activities to policy requirements to achieve international climate agreement targets. Specialized in politics, energy, climate change and how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals as investment themes.

Rolly Montpellier

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CA
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Co-founder and Managing Editor of Below2°C, Ambassador Canada, We Don't Have Time

Roland (Rolly) Montpellier is the co-founder and Editor of Below2°C. He’s a climate activist, a climate communicator and a blogger. He’s a member of Climate Reality Canada, 350.Org (Ottawa), Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Canada) and climate ambassador for We Don't Have Time. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin. This is one of Rolly's favourite qoutes: "We had better understand what is happening and make up our minds about it before it makes up our minds for us.", Yuval Noah Harari.

Simon Messenger

 (
FR
)
Director, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative

Simon is Director of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative in France and the UK, where he leads their technical research programmes, engagement with financial institutions and engagement with policy makers, regulators and supervisors. Prior to this, Simon was Managing Director at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), Head of Consulting at the UK's Energy Saving Trust and worked at PwC and Deloitte. He holds a Masters Degree in Ecological Economics and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Geoscience.

Carolina Sundell

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SE
)
Journalist, board member of Positiva Pengar and an advocate for monetary reform

Positiva Pengar (Positive Money) is the Swedish branch of International Movement for Monetary Reform. They promote the Sovereign Money reform in which all money—our means to pay—is created without debt by the central bank instead of as it is today, when money is created by the commercial banks in connection with a loan. Carolina believes that the current monetary system where banks are allowed to create money is dysfunctional. The banking sector’s profit-seeking intentions consequently leads to unsustainable economic growth and not an optimum money supply for the planet's ecosystems. Monetary reform advocates around the world are now demanding the state to take back control over the money production and urges the sovereign government to recapture the monetary prerogative.

Catharina Lehto

 (
SE
)
CEO, SEEQEST

Maria says: "It's time for a change, we need to redirect our investments to impact for a more sustainable and healthy world. It's time for individuals and companies to take action for Democracy 2.0 and to invest in their values. That time is now.". We better follow her lead.

Denis Hayes

 (
US
)
Founder, Earth Day Network

President of the Bullitt Foundation. Former Director of US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Former Stanford U professor of engineering and Silicon Valley Attorney. National Coordinator of first Earth Day in 1970.

Maria Flock Åhlander

 (
SE
)
CEO, Ekobanken

Maria started in Ekobanken 2007 and is the CEO since January 1, 2020. She has been in various positions within the bank and her most recent role was CFO and Head of Sustainability but also Deputy CEO. Maria´s background is in auditing, and also consulting within Sustainable Business Development at PWC. Maria can combine her experience and knowledge in Sustainable Development and Finance in the field of Sustainable Banking.

Katie Wood

 (
US
)
Conservation and Biodiversity Manager, Earth Day Network

Katie runs conservation and biodiversity programs for Earth Day Network. Katie holds a Master of Science degree from University of Exeter in the U.K., where she worked on the conservation of marine and terrestrial environments around the world. Previously, she worked with Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys, running programs to restore reef environments.

Owen Gaffney

 (
SE
)
Global sustainability analyst and writer, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Co-lead author Exponential Roadmap

Owen is a global sustainability writer, analyst and strategist. He is based at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is also a Future Earth Senior Fellow, an Edmund Hillary Fellow (New Zealand) and he is on the faculty of Singularity University. He is interested in big-picture narratives of the past and future of people on Earth (and beyond). He has published in Science and Nature and is a regular contributor to New Scientist. He co-founded the Future Earth Media Lab and Rethink magazine and is on the editorial board of the Anthropocene magazine.

Hortense Bioy

 (
UK
)
Director of Sustainable Investing Research, EMEA, Morningstar

Hortense leads Morningstar’s Sustainable Investing Research efforts across EMEA. She has been focusing on ESG since 2017. Morningstar is a leading investment data and research organisation which partly own leading ESG ratings agency Sustainalytics.

Mohan Kumar

 (
CA
)
Campaigner, 350 Ottawa

Mohan Kumar is the lead for the "Switch to a non-fossil fuel bank" campaign. He has previously worked on projects related to carbon pricing and electric vehicles. Mohan resides in Ottawa, Canada. He will speak about reasons to re-invest away from fossil fuels and how easy it really is.

Hosts

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

 (

SE

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Host, We Don't Have Time

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.

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Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

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US

)

Risk and behavioral scientist, US representative We Don't Have Time

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.

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Nick Nuttall

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DE

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Director Strategic Communications, Earth Day Network

Hailing from the North of England, Nick supports Earth Day Network 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. 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.

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About Earth Day Week

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.

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Day by day program

"We know we have the finance to deliver the transition to sustainable development. Whether we achieve this is up to us.”
"We know we have the finance to deliver the transition to sustainable development. Whether we achieve this is up to us.”

Monday

April

 

20

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Finance

"We cannot ask others to do what we have not done ourselves." Christiana Figueres
"We cannot ask others to do what we have not done ourselves." Christiana Figueres

Tuesday

April

 

21

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Circular economy and consumption

"We live on a human-dominated planet, putting unprecedented pressure on the systems on Earth." Johan Rockström
"We live on a human-dominated planet, putting unprecedented pressure on the systems on Earth." Johan Rockström

Wednesday

April

 

22

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Big ideas and education

"More than half of the world’s agricultural land is affected by degradation." Ibrahim Thiaw
"More than half of the world’s agricultural land is affected by degradation." Ibrahim Thiaw

Thursday

April

 

23

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Food and agriculture

"Challenges are hidden opportunities." Jennifer Lenhart
"Challenges are hidden opportunities." Jennifer Lenhart

Friday

April

 

24

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Local government, city development and transportation

Saturday

April

 

25

15:00

 CEST / 

9:00 am

 EST 

Climate Hackathon

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"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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