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

Thursday

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April

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Food and agriculture

 

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

Thursday

,

April

23

:

Food and agriculture

 

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

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

Thursday

  ,

April

23

:

Food and agriculture

 

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

April 23 Food and agriculture

Agriculture is part of the problem – and part of the solution. The agricultural sector is a huge emitter of greenhouse gases but also has the potential to sequester billions of tonnes of carbon through reducing livestock emissions and increasing soil health. Our eating habits, and the way we produce food, holds the key to a carbon positive future. Hungry for insights? Join us on April 23rd.

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

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

Introduction Keynote – Food and agriculture
by Ibrahim Thiaw
, Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Solutions in Food and agriculture – Part I

Doers & Thinkers – Part I

16:00 CEST / 10:00 am EST - Washington D.C. studio
Welcome and introduction by host and moderator Dr. Sweta Chakraborty

16:45 CEST / 10:45 am EST  – Stockholm studio

Keynote  – ”Chase the dark horse - exponential transformation to healthy and sustainable diet”  

by, Avit K. Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Karlstad University, and lead data modeler and co-author of Exponential Roadmap. He is also contributor to1.5°C Business Playbook, a guide for companies and organizations of all sizes to exponential climate strategy and action.

Solutions in Food and agriculture – Part II
Food can be healthy, have a low in carbon footprint, and be regenerative biodiverse - and taste good

“Food should not go to waste. Here’s how Too Good To Go targets the global problem of food waste”

“Eating within the limits of the atmosphere. First climate positive menu in the world. ”

“Ashes to ashes... A fossil-free fertilizer for food production in the 21st century”

Doers & Thinkers – Part II

Concluding Keynote – “From Drawdown to Regeneration: Choosing the Future We Want Today”

Chad Frischmann, Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown

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

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

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Speakers

Ibrahim Thiaw

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DE
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Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Ibrahim Thiaw has been working within the UN for many years. He’s a specialist in forestry, forestry product techniques and has about 40 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental governance and natural resource management. Alarmed by his own land footprint and whether current products will be affordable for future generations, this year he is on an global awareness-raising campaign about the sustainable consumption and production of food, fibre (fashion), and animal feed.

Pär Larshans

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SE
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Chief Sustainability Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs Officer, Ragn-Sells

Pär is an award winner in communication, social sustainability, and intrapreneurship, listed multiple times by Trust Across America as one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust. He is the current appointed expert for setting environmental targets for sea and coastal regions in Sweden and for the coalition group for climate-neutral Swedish industry by 2045.

Mamta Mehra

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IN
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Senior Research Fellow, Project Drawdown

Dr. Mamta Mehra is an environmental professional with more than ten years of expertise in climate change, agriculture, and natural resource management. Passionate for natural climate solutions, an application-based researcher working on the translation of research into action and a strong advocator for women empowerment and their role in reversing global warming. Currently, she is working with Project Drawdown as a Senior Fellow, where she is focusing on Drawdown solutions in the Land Use and Food sectors.

Ole Kristian Sivertsen

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NO
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CEO, Desert Control

Ole Kristian’s philosophy is inspiring and sustaining hope by making others successful. With 20 years of experience from scaling businesses in global markets, leading change and innovation, his key take-away is that global business is local business, and success depends equally on vision, focus, execution, and engagement. Today Ole’s passion is dedicated to ClimateTech and combating some of the greatest threats to life on earth.

Dr. Taylor Wallace

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US
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Principal & CEO / Professor, Think Healthy Group, Inc. / George Mason University

Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN, is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Wallace’s background includes a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University. In his free time, Dr. Wallace manages and operates a large food and nutrition blog, is co-host of the mainstream weekly radio show, Risky Behavior™️. He is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and author of the popular cookbook, Sizzling Science.

Mårten Hellberg

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SE
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CEO, OrganoClick AB

Co-founder and CEO of the green chemical and material technology company Organoclick AB founded in 2006. Have been part of taking OrganoClick from a University spinoff to an industrial company which got listed at NASDAQ First North in 2015. Holds a M. Sc in Molecular bioengineering from Uppsala University and a B.A. in Business Administration. Previously 12 years member of the Swedish white water canoe slalom team and a passionate outdoor enthusiast.

Dan Miller

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US
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Founder and CEO, Steward

Dan started Steward in 2017 to accelerate the positive impact that regenerative agriculture will have on our health and environment. By financing and servicing farmers who use regenerative practices, Steward not only improves our soil, water, and air, but also increases access to fresh, healthy food for the 23 million Americans currently living in food deserts.

Dan Rejto

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US
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Associate Director, Food & Agriculture, The Breakthrough Institute

Dan is the Associate Director of The Breakthrough Institute's Food & Agriculture program. He identifies and promotes ways that technological innovation and public policy can decarbonize agriculture. His work has been published and quoted in Forbes, Scientific American, and Grist among other outlets. "In most countries, farmers and food and beverage companies are not required to reduce emissions. Therefore, the private sector has little incentive and reason to invest in breeding crops and animals in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions." says Dan.

Dr. Melinda Belisle

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US
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Gates Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Belisle works in the Global Growth and Opportunity Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focuses on the role of technology in helping small-scale producers adapt to climate change. She works to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. In particular the 122 million more people who may live in extreme poverty by 2030 as a result of climate change on it’s repercussions on low income farmers. "We are not necessarily only evaluating new and unique solutions as we hope to use the full suite of options available to help farmers adapt to climate change." says Dr. Belisle.

Alexsandra Guerra

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US
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Director of Corporate Development, Nori

Alexsandra is an entrepreneur and cofounder of Nori, a new carbon removal marketplace. While growing up in Miami FL, she learned of the real impacts that climate change would have on our lives. Driven by a deep sense of urgency to prevent the pending disasters of sea-level rise on the place she loved and called home, Alexsandra explored carbon removal, thermodynamics, sustainable energy, and smart grid technology throughout my career. She worked on clean energy projects at Southern California Edison before pursuing her entrepreneurial nature and joining the founding team at Nori with the joint mission of reversing climate change through enabling global-scale carbon removal and storage.

Kaj Török

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SE
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CRO & CSO, MAX Burgers

Kaj Török is CRO (Chief Reputation Officer) and CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) at MAX Burgers. In 2019 MAX got awarded by UN for the world’s first climate positive menu and Fast Company magazine listed “Climate Positive” as one of the World Changing Ideas.

Anna Richert

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SE
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Senior expert, WWF Contributor/Reviewer, Exponential Roadmap 1.5 (2019)

Anna hold a degree in horticulture from the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and has been working with different aspects of sustainable food systems all my professional life. Recent works include a climate certification for food in Sweden through Svenskt Sigill, a meat guide at WWF Sweden and participation in the WWF international Food Practice. “Be the change you want to see.” Anna Richert

Chad Frischmann

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US
)
Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown

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.

Josefin Kihlberg

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SE
)
Communications manager,Svenskt Sigill Klimatcertifierad

15 years experience working with the environmental issues of Swedish farming. M.Sc. in Agriculture and Biology from The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU. Communication manager for Svenskt Sigill for 2,5 years. "A climate certification through Svenskt Sigill lead to a reduction in green house gas emissions on the farm. The label help consumers find food with a lower impact on the climate." says Josefin this about her organisations' solution.

Philippe Schuler

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DK
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Global Movement Coordinator, Too Good To Go

At Too Good To Go Philippe builds public and private sector partnerships to further his mission of a planet with no food waste. Researching his Master Thesis for Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School, Philippe discovered how much food waste occurred in the fresh potato supply chain alone, and, after graduating, joined LightBlue Environmental Consulting, where he helped hotels, resorts, and restaurants combat their food waste in Thailand and the Maldives. Philippe joined Too Good To Go in March 2019, is based in Copenhagen, and conducts ongoing research into food loss in global supply chains for The Cool Chain Association.

Avit Bhowmik

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SE
)
Assistant Professor, Risk and Environmental Studies, Karlstad University, Co-author Exponential Roadmap

Avit is the Lead Modeller of the Exponential Roadmap initiative, which consolidates solutions and model their exponential implementation strategies to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. His current work focuses on social tipping points. He is an author of the Exponential Climate Action Roadmap reports and also authored the 'World in 2050' report. Avit encounters food and agriculture sector as the dark horse in the fight against climate change. He believes while it may be the hardest to rapidly transform our dietary patterns, the largest opportunity of greenhouse gas sequestration lies underneath if we succeed.

Jack Bobo

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US
)
CEO, Futurity

Jack Bobo is the CEO of Futurity, a food foresight company that explores the future of food and consumer trends. Jack previously served as the Chief Communications Officer at Intrexon Corporation. In 2015, Scientific American named him one of the one hundred most influential people in biotechnology. For 13 years, Jack served as the senior adviser for global food policy at the U.S. Department of State. Jack has degrees in biology, chemistry, psychology, environmental science and law.

Hosts

Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson

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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

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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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Strategic Communications Director, We Don't Have Time

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.

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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.

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"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

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9:00 am

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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

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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

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9:00 am

 EST 

Food and agriculture

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

Friday

April

 

24

15:00

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9:00 am

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Local government, city development and transportation

Saturday

April

 

25

15:00

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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.”

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