Earth Day Week climate conference, April 20-25, 2020
Earth Day Week 2020. The public, free, online, no-fly climate conference.
A global challenge...with local solutions. The fight against climate change is not only fought on the international stage. It is in equal measure fought through the choices we and our local leaders make every day. A sustainable society is not a pipe dream. It is constantly realized through local innovation and initiative. Join us for some of the best examples in construction, transportation, and city planning.
15:00 CEST / 9:00 am EST – Stockholm studio
Introduction Keynote – Local governance
by Yanna Badet, Climate Reality Europe and Matthew Chapman, Campaign Coordinator, Climate Reality Canada, Co-chair of the Cities Caucus of CAN-Canada
Solutions in Local governance – 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
Solutions in Local governance – Part II
People are the solution: E-mobility and renewable energy solutions designed to be shared and enjoyed by everyone
Doers & Thinkers – Part II
Steven Donziger, an American human rights advocate who won big against Chevron but who's now paying the price..
18:00 CEST / 12:00 noon EST – The Grand Finale
Concluding remarks from Earth Day Network by Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network
We go out with a special music celebration. We'll play a special dedication from CJ Palmer of Sustainable Soundtracks and the song Sustainable Soundtracks feat. Adam Baptiste: We Don't Have Time
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Jennifer Lenhart is the Global Lead for WWF Cities, a program that has engaged over 500 cities in 50 countries. Jennifer holds a PhD in urban climate governance and has 15 years’ experience addressing urban environmental challenges via holistic approaches. Her fascination with urban planning, including how people interact in and with cities, inspired her blog, the Urban Observer, which chronicled her bicycle lifestyle (then in Amsterdam), recognized by Guardian Cities as one of the best city blogs. She previously worked at UN-Habitat’s Urban Environment Planning Branch in Nairobi, Kenya; the City of Malmö Environment Department, Sweden; and an urban sustainability consultancy in Seattle, USA. She currently parks her bicycle in Santiago de Chile, home for over a year. Jennifer is a co-author of the Exponential Roadmap.
Atul Ajmani volunteers for NGOs and organizations, focused in finding meaningful solutions to the climate crisis. Prior to this, he has worked extensively in the telecom industry for 14 years, his last assignment being in Ericsson. He is also a veteran, as an officer in the Indian Army he has served at remote locations in the country. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Johanna holds a M.Sc in energy systems engineering. She has worked with renewable energy across the world, from Norway, to India and South America. Back in Sweden she has led the build-out of charging infrastructure before moving on to Power Circle - an interest organization for companies aiming for a smarter electricity system and electrification - where she works as an analyst and advisor on topics such as flexible demand, energy storage and digitalization of the electric grid.
Susanné is one of the strategists behind the concept of ElectriVillage. It's a test and demonstration platform for sustainability, the community and the industry to do a change and work for Agenda 2030. Earlier Susanné was a commissioner in the region of Jämtland/Härjedalen and for 10 years an entrepreneur of a wool factory. Jonas has worked as a Manager at Nimbus boats for 8 years, before he started in the Municipality. Before that he too was an entrepreneur.
Patrick and Fakrou’s dream is to reinvent the Silk Road while promoting and improving climate impacts. The schedule: from Lyon to Canton in China on a solar bike, without assistance, in less than 100 days—a journey of 12,000 kilometers. They invite you to discover an ecological and crazy project which, beyond its sports achievement, has a goal to promote “Surpassing Oneself” through an ecological project of co-mobility.
Yanna is an Environmental Scientist with a specialty in community engagement, resilience, and sustainability planning. She has more than 18 years of experience advising governmental agencies, cities, and firms in California and Germany. Ms. Badet has also managed climate change mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability projects. She led the community engagement for several large infrastructure and resilience-focused projects, reaching millions of people. A trained Climate Reality Leader as of 2018, she currently lives with her family in Germany, trying to support the massive transformation to adapt our communities from there.
A Toronto native whose career has come to rest at the confluence of entrepreneurship, education and ecology, Matthew fell in love with Montréal’s bike lanes in 2008. His experience in the fields of fine arts (BFA, York University), education (BEd, University of Ottawa) and commerce (MBA, HEC Montreal) shape his understanding of the challenges and opportunities our society and civilisation face. He is a co-founder and board member of the Montreal Climate Coalition and works as the National Campaign Manager for The Climate Reality Project Canada.
Arvet develops buildings and communities in wood. The building Industry alone is one of our biggest polluters and is today mainly only using fossil non-renewable materials like steel, glass and concrete. Arvet is leading the planning of the world's first wooden city. To do this we also need to replant forests all over our planet. We don’t have to use non-renewable building materials. Nature can provide building materials, clean the air and store CO2 in the built environment over centuries.
I am an ecologist who has been studying the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems for many years. I am a former IPCC Lead Author (4th & 5th Assessment reports) and a former Australian Climate Commissioner. I am a founding Councillor with the publicly funded Climate Council of Australia, dedicated to bringing climate change science to the Australian public. Prof. Hughes call on us to read this recent statement on the recent bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/news-room/latest-news/latest-news/coral-bleaching/2020/statement-coral-bleaching-on-the-great-barrier-reef
Will Steffen is an Earth System scientist. He is a Councillor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU); Canberra, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen was Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm. His research interests span a broad range within Earth System science, with an emphasis on sustainability and climate change.
Mhairi is a Sydney-based communications specialist and part of the team behind the Good On You app, which rates 1000s of clothing brands for their impact on the environment, human rights and animal rights. A former journalist (BBC/ABC), Mhairi has worked in the climate movement since 2015 and has been involved in high profile campaigns against Australian coal mines, and promoting renewable energy. Mhairi is interested in the ability of ordinary people to use their purchasing power to compel corporations to act to protect the environment.
Therese is the CEO of greentech company Urbangreen. She left the finance industry to join Urbangreen that makes the cities and the world of contractors and real estate more sustainable and green. Therese was appointed Future Female Leader of the year in 2017. She will speak about how we can make our cities and buildings sustainable by making the roofs green – that will work against Urban Heat Islands, manage storm water och increase biodiversity.
Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, is a clinical psychologist turned climate warrior. The Climate Mobilization advocates an all-hands-on-deck, whole society mobilization to protect humanity and the living world from climate catastrophe and helped pioneer the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign, which has led more than 1400 global governments to declare a Climate Emergency. She is also the author of Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth, a self-help guide for the climate emergency.
Jona is co-founder and CEO of the car manufacturer and mobility provider Sono Motors. in 2012 the core team embarked on an ambitious journey: the development of an efficient electric car, suitable for everyday use. The Sion is going to be the first series produced SEV (solar electric vehicle) able to also charge its battery with the power of the sun, offering integrated ride, car and power sharing services. Currently Sono Motors is preparing the series production of the Sion.
Elin will be speaking about the Urban Girls Movement and what empowering different stakeholders means for sustainability in urban planning. She previously worked with policy development and advocacy leading up to the UN 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda. She holds political science degrees from Stockholm University, Sciences Po Paris, and King’s College London.
Tamara is a native New Yorker and environmentalist focused on equity, access and community. At 350.org she supports and is accountable to organizers and campaigners on the United States and Canada teams, drives mission critical work and organizational investments to build a multiracial, multi-generational climate movement that is capable of holding our leaders accountable to science and justice.
Joe has spent the past fifteen years working in the U.S. Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Prior to that he spent six years with Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), serving as a Legislative Assistant, and for five years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO). He also served as a Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, helping to oversee the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the Forest Service.
Erik is a creative, pragmatic, big picture focused environmental change maker. He’s passionate about savvy business driving environmental regeneration. Specifically, through high impact, scalable urban liveability projects that deliver a better future today. His background is in international corporate strategy, conservation, and research, which leads to data-driven decision making. Erik is a proud Victoria University of Wellington alum and enjoys exploring both cities and wilderness in his spare time.
Kathleen Rogers is the President of Earth Day Network. Kathleen has developed Earth Day Network into a year-round policy and activist organization. Now more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day in 192 countries. Kathleen has been at the vanguard of developing innovative financial mechanisms to support green buildings and schools. Kathleen also founded Earth Day Network’s groundbreaking Billion Acts of Green program, which has now recorded close to 3 billion individual actions to improve the environment.
Steven Donziger is a lawyer, public advocate, and writer who focuses on human rights and corporate accountability. He has represented Indigenous peoples and local communities in Ecuador's Amazon. In 2011 they won a historic $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron. Mr Donziger have been targeted with what is believed to be the most well-financed corporate retaliation campaign ever as Chevron used 60 law firms, 2,000 lawyers, and several public relations firms in order to silence Steven and his colleagues.https://www.makechevroncleanup.com/take-actionhttps://www.donzigerlaw.com/
Ben's studies natural and human “fingerprints” in observed climate records. His early research contributed to the historic 1995 conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate”. He served as lead author of a key chapter of that report. Since 1995, Ben has identified human fingerprints in atmospheric temperature and water vapor, ocean heat content, sea surface temperature in hurricane formation regions, and many other climate variables. In addition to his research, he cares deeply about the communication of climate science to a wide range of audiences.
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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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.