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Elizabeth Wathuti • Jamie Margolin • Britt Wray • Wanjira Mathai • Jonah Gottlieb • Christabel Reed • Andrea Manning • Katharine Hayhoe • Tom Rivett-Carnac • Juan Carlos Monterrey Gomez • Marinel Sumook Ubaldo • Brian Coyle • Natalie Mebane • Patty Freedman • Clover Hogan • Mariam Nusrat • Dr Renée Lertzman •  Mahmoud Abouelnaga • Sylvia Luceno • Joshua Schoop • Ana Luisa Aguilar Candanedo • laUra Schmidt • Alison Wood • Scott Poynton

7:30 – 11:30 a Pacific / San Francisco. Click here for the world clock

7:30 At The Beginning There Was CHANGE  

Prequel: What are the emotional realities of people grappling with changes in the global climate? How can we engage in a meaningful conversation about these challenges today at the intersection of emotions, climate change, and youth?

Britt Wray, PhD, broadcaster and science writer researching the mental health impacts of the climate crisis,TED Resident, with a forthcoming book called Generation Dread: How to Handle and Harness Eco-Anxiety in an Uncertain Future (Knopf-Random House 2021).

8:00 RECOGNIZING CLIMATE GRIEF

Especially for young people growing up in this time of environmental upheaval, climate grief can be overwhelming, making us stuck and unable to act, but grieving alone won’t heal the earth. At the same time, these feelings are useful, as this reflection of our love for the earth will guide our healing work. How can we hold this grief while also fostering hope and mobilizing for the future we want to live in? Moving forward, how can we balance grief for the earth, and around the impacts of COVID-19, while maintaining, or increasing, momentum in the climate advocacy movement?

  • Wanjira Mathai, Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF) whose mission is to advance the legacy of 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai
  • Jonah Gottlieb is the co-founder and executive director of the National Children’s Campaign and a climate change activist with This is Zero Hour and Schools for Climate Action.
  • Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Kenyan Environmentalist, Wangari Maathai Scholarship Awardee, Founder Green Generation Initiative
  • Marinel Sumook Ubaldo is a 22-year-old climate justice activist from the Philippines. She is the founder of Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation, who organized the first climate strike in Tacloban in May 2019
  • laUra Schmidt, co-founder Good Grief Network which provides a framework for working through overwhelming climate loss. “I’m concerned about the people who aren’t feeling climate grief right now, because I think they’re not paying attention”
  • Ana Luisa Aguilar, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Climate Resilient; formerly Climate Negotiator & Sectoral Measures Coordinator at the Ministry of Environment of Panama.

9:00 EARTH CARE IS HEALTH CARE

We are nature; human health cannot be separated from the health of the planet. The earth feeds us, provides us with medicine, and purifies its systems to keep us sustained, but today, children of all species are growing up in polluted homes. What can the nature of this pandemic teach us about the state of the earth? How can we mobilize EQ skills to heal our relationships between ourselves, as individuals, and the earth, as a way to lay the foundation for our activist work? This global shutdown is an opportunity for a large-scale shift in how we live our lives and our impacts on the earth. What kind of hopeful future can we envision? What unique role do young people play in this vision? 

  • Juan Carlos Monterrey Gomez, Founder at Climate Resilient; Inaugural Obama Scholar
  • Natalie Mebane, Associate Director of United States Policy at 350.org, working with youth across the country to build a powerful and inclusive movement of activists leading the way to a just and sustainable future
  • Mariam Nusrat, Founder of the social venture GRID – Gaming Revolution for Inspiring/International Development, and an Education specialist at the World Bank. She has nine years of human development experience across Africa, South Asia and Middle East
  • Mahmoud Abouelnaga, Solutions Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES); member of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars ’19
  • Sylvia Luceno, Global Co Lab Network intern, Organizer for the Youth Action Subgroup of Missoula Rises, and youth activist
  • Dr. Alison Wood, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at Olin College; specialized in water, sanitation, sustainability, and human-centered engineering; director of the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Three College Sustainability Certificate Program; passionate about fostering equity and justice through education and engagement with context and values

Moderator: Dr. Joshua Schoop is the Deputy Director of the Day One Project

10:00 EQ TOOLKIT FOR CLIMATE LEADERSHIP

Collective mobilization in response to climate change will require strongly woven networks of community and effective leadership. What role can emotional intelligence skills play in achieving this? Looking at our collective actions against COVID-19, what existing community strengths can we harness in our work against climate change? What key emotional intelligence skills can people of all ages utilize to grapple with global uncertainty and the overwhelming issue of climate change? What can young people teach the world about climate leadership, and how can we support them? Can we come out the other side more united and connected than ever?

  • Andrea Manning, Organizer with Zero Hour, Founder of Access the Polls
  • Dr Renée Lertzman, founder of Project InsideOut, at the intersection of psychology and climate change, author of Environmental Melancholia, and TED speaker on How to turn climate anxiety into action.
  • Patty Freedman, leader of the POP-UP Festival in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day, supporting people in 220 countries and territories with free activities for children & adults to learn about emotions, wellbeing and the Sustainable Development Goals – and the GREEN 13 kit that will emerge from today’s conference.
  • Clover Hogan, 20-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature.
  • Tom Rivett-Carnac, Co-author The Future We Choose. Co-host of Outrage and Optimism podcast. Political strategist focussed on a better future.
  • Christabel Reed, co-founder of Advaya, the London-based system change initiative for radical regeneration and joyful revolution and EarthSpace media, as well as EcoResolution, with Cara Delevingne, to empower people all over the world.
  • Brian Coyle, Behavioral Ecologist and Program Manager, Smithsonian Conservation Commons

Moderator: Scott Poynton, mentor & coach for senior leaders to traverse complex and challenging change journeys; Founder and former CEO of The Forest Trust.

11:00 RENEWAL

11:00-11:15, Call to Action
Katharine HayhoePolitical Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law  at Texas Tech University,  she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth

11:15-11:30, Future Feelings
What did we learn today, and what difference will that make tomorrow?

Final insights from today’s panelists

  • Jamie Margolin, 18, Colombian-American climate justice activist and the co-founder of the climate action organization Zero Hour.
  • Juan Carlos Monterrey Gomez, Founder at Climate Resilient; Inaugural Obama Scholar;
  • Clover Hogan, 20-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature.

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CLIMATEofEMOTIONS

At the intersection of youth, emotions, and climate change. Take inspired action for climate change.

What if this pandemic is rehearsal for the instability of a climate crisis? Perhaps better than ever, today we see that the health of humans and the health of the planet are inexorably linked. For decades, climate scientists have warned of something like COVID-19, and clearly we were not prepared. What will it take to build resilience for the future?

Young people are at the forefront of leadership on climate. They’ve advocated for the world to prioritize our collective survival. And while attitudes are changing, these young leaders are paying a significant emotional price for standing out.     

Climate anxiety is one of the top factors young people report as impacting wellbeing. The typical adult responses of “don’t worry” or pushing science education are well intentioned, but don’t address either the underlying emotional needs nor the demands of the climate crisis.

On April 21, 2020, experts on climate, youth activists, and emotional intelligence will share insights on the intersection of Youth, Climate and Emotions in a free online summit. 

CLIMATE OF EMOTIONS is a free online conference livestreaming to YouTube to engage youth and adults in a forthright conversation about feelings, the skills needed at this moment and a platform to cocreate action steps.

Produced partnership with the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, the Khalifa Ihler Institute for Peaceful & Thriving Communities, Climate Resilient, National Children’s Campaign, Global Co Lab Network, CharityBomb and more. The program will be culminate in development of the GREEN 13 POP-UP Festival, in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day. 

 

We will consider…

What effect will COVID-19 have on climate advocacy, particularly for children & young adults?

What will it take to galvanize a future-focused direction for climate in the economic recovery- and what role will young people play in that conversation?

What strengths can young people grow to be resilient ? How can all of us support them?

The conference is free online, please sign up here to save your spot – and/or to get link to recording:

SPEAKERS

Wanjira Mathai

Wanjira Mathai

Chair, Wangari Maathai Foundation

Vice President & Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute. In this role I am responsible for leading WRI’s growing portfolio of work on the continent across six global themes (Forests, Water, Food, Cities, Climate & Energy), building on the great work currently underway in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Cameroon, and Madagascar.

For over 20 years, I have been advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, I have also served in strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration at wPOWER and the Green Belt Movement, the organization my mother Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977.

I’m honored to be one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018. An honor and a privilege.

Britt Wray, PhD

Britt Wray, PhD

Science storyteller (researcher, writer, host)

Britt Wray, PhD is a science writer and broadcaster who is currently researching the intersection between the climate crisis and mental health. She is the author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction (published in 2017 by Greystone Books in partnership with The David Suzuki Institute) and is working on her second book Generation Dread: How to Handle and Harness Eco-Anxiety in An Uncertain Future (Knopf-Random House, 2021). She has been a contributing host on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national science TV show The Nature of Things, co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World, and contributing host to Canada’s national science radio show CBC Quirks and Quarks.

Britt has produced dozens of narrative science radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4, CBC Radio 1, WNYC’s Studio 360, and Love and Radio. She holds a BSc in Biology (hons) from Queen’s University, a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Arts, Media and Design from OCAD University and a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Copenhagen. Britt is a TED Resident, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow, Mesa Refuge Writer in Residence, Brocher Foundation Researcher in Residence, and has been a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur L Carter Institute for Journalism and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is also a TED speaker. TED Talk is called “How climate change affects your mental health”. Find her on Twitter @brittwray.

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

Kenyan Environmentalist, Wangari Maathai Scholarship Awardee, Founder Green Generation Initiative

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti (born August 1, 1995) is a Kenyan Environment and Climate activist and founder of Green Generation Initiative which nurtures young people to love nature and be environmentally conscious at a young age and has now planted 30,000 tree seedlings in Kenya. In 2019, she was awarded the Africa Green Person of the Year Award by the Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards.

She has previously served as the chairperson of Kenyatta University Environmental Club and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental studies and Community development. She has been honored internationally with The Diana Award 2019 and was recognized by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Elizabeth was a regional finalist for Africa for the UN Young Champions of the Earth 2019 and she received the young climate champion 2019 award from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) 

Jamie Margolin

Jamie Margolin

Founder & Co-Executive Director of Zero Hour

I am an author, community organizer, activist, leader, public speaker, and student. I started my activism career when I was 14, and am the founder and Executive Director of a national youth movement for climate justice called “Zero Hour”, which is putting on student mobilizations to call for an end to business as usual on climate change. I am also a plaintiff on the Our Children’s Trust Youth v. Government lawsuit in my home state of Washington, suing my state for their active worsening of the climate crisis.

With my activism, I strive to center the voices of youth on the frontlines of the climate crisis, and make sure that the climate crisis is tackled in an intersectional way that doesn’t leave underprivileged people behind. My identity as a queer mixed-race latina and daughter of a Colombian immigrant and an Ashkenazi Jew influences my activism and passion to fight for those who are marginalized.

I’m the author of Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It (June 2020, more information is here)

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe

Professor, Texas Tech; PBS Host, Global Weirding

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, the United Nations Champion of the Earth award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders.

Katharine is currently the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

Natalie Mebane

Natalie Mebane

Associate Director of United States Policy at 350.org

Natalie Mebane always knew she enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to make her career protecting the places she loved. She grew up loving both the U.S. and the Caribbean and has family in both. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology. She found her passion for organizing after attending the first Power Shift conference in 2007.

Since then, Natalie has worked for the government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Environmental Management Authority and for the 5th Summit of the Americas, she has been a grassroots organizer with campaigns in VA and PA, she previously worked for the Sierra Club as the dirty fuels lobbyist and is currently the Associate Director of U.S. Policy at 350.org, working to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Founding Partner at Global Optimism

Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

National President at We Make Change - Philippines

Marinel Sumook Ubaldo is a 22-year-old climate justice activist from the Philippines. She is the founder of Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation, who organized the first climate strike in Tacloban in May 2019. Last year, Marinel testified as a community witness for the Philippines Commission on Human Rights investigation on corporate responsibility, and whether climate impacts can be considered violations of Filipinos’ rights to life, water, food, sanitation, housing and self-determination.

She is one of ten youth activists featured in Amnesty International’s 2019 global letter-writing campaign, Write for Rights. Find out more about her story and how you can support her call for climate justice, and a writer for Teen Vogue. 

Jonah Gottlieb

Jonah Gottlieb

Co-founder and Executive Director of the National Children’s Campaign

Jonah Gottlieb, an 18-year-old from Petaluma, California, became a political activist and organizer after wildfires devastated his community in the fall of 2017. He co-founded the National Children’s Campaign (NCC), a national nonprofit that serves to amplify the voices of America’s 74 million children and prioritize the issues that matter to those who are too young to vote. As Executive Director of the NCC, Jonah works on health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement. Jonah has worked with members of Congress and presidential candidates, authored legislation, and organized summits and marches with tens of thousands of people. He is also the co-host of Our Future Now!, the official National Children’s Campaign podcast.

Jonah will graduate high school in June 2020. You can find him online at @jonahgottlieb on Twitter and Instagram.

Clover Hogan

Clover Hogan

Researcher on eco-anxiety, Founder of Force of Nature

After graduating from the Green School in Indonesia, Clover worked with Impossible Foods founder Pat O’Brown to develop national youth strategy, led marketing campaigns for Leaders’ Quest in London, and consulted companies at Volans alongside John Elkington, global authority on business as a force for good. In 2019, she launched Force of Nature to mobilise the emerging generation of leaders. Through thought leadership, in-school programmes, and targeted campaigns, they’re helping young people overcome feelings of powerlessness and realise their potential to inspire change.

Christabel Reed

Christabel Reed

Co-founder of Advaya Initiative & EcoResolution

Christabel is on a mission to link inner transformation with social change and empower people to embark on the entwined journey of inner and outer healing.

In 2015 Christabel and her sister Ruby founded Advaya, the London-based systems-change initiative that organises around the principles of radical regeneration and joyful revolution. Since then they have launched a media platform called EarthSpace and organised over 100 events including full day immersions, panel discussions, retreats, pilgrimages, circles and festivals. In 2019 she founded the climate action platform EcoResolution with Cara Delevingne that aims to empower people all over the world to step up rather than shut down in the face of our ecological and climate emergency.

During this time Christabel joined Extinction Rebellion and the Regenerative Culture Team supporting the creation of the first Rebel Sanctuary during the April rebellion and overseeing their proliferation in the October Rebellion. Christabel continues to support XR through organising donation-based retreats with Sara Zaltash and Ruby Reed.

Christabel has a passion for justice and an unerring fascination for how we can establish harmony where disharmony has occurred and free ourselves from whatever is inhibiting our inherent peace and power.

Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez

Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez

Inaugural Obama Scholar; Founder at Climate Resilient

Juan Carlos is a climate policy wonk, activist and serial social entrepreneur whose work is informed by his upbringing in El Pajaro, Panama, a rural village in Central America´s Dry Corridor, where he endured the early impacts of the climate crisis, as the region is constantly, severely stricken with droughts. He is the Founder of Climate Resilient, a think tank developing paradigm-shifting solutions to prosper undeterred by the climate crisis. At age 23, he became the youngest Head of a Country Delegation to Paris Agreement negotiations.

In 2018, Mr. Monterrey was selected by President and Mrs. Obama as an Inaugural Obama Scholar. He is leading a global movement to include climate provisions in national constitutions, beginning in his native Panama where the provisions he co-drafted were adopted by the President and his Cabinet as the government’s official proposal on the climate crisis and constitutional reform.

Juan Carlos currently serves as an Adaptation Specialist at the UN Environment Programme’s Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; Co-founded Fund 17, a microfinance enterprise in New Orleans, USA; and Co-Created and currently advises the Youth Climate Network of Panama. Juan studied International Development Policy at the University of Chicago and Economics at Tulane University.

Brian Coyle

Brian Coyle

Behavioral Ecologist and Program Manager, Smithsonian Conservation Commons

Dr. Brian Coyle is a Behavioral Ecologist and Program Manager at Smithsonian Conservation Commons; coordinator for the Red Siskin Initiative, a comprehensive endangered species protection; Co-founder of Eco Teen Action Network that empowers young leaders to scale action for greater impact; and Co-chair of Laurel for the Patuxent, a sustainability organization focused on local change.

Andrea Manning

Andrea Manning

Organizer with Zero Hour, Founder of Access the Polls

Andrea Manning, 20, is an advocate and organizer in various movements. She currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Zero Hour Music team, on the Board of Directors for The HAPPY Org, and as an Inclusion Fellow with the Athens-Clarke County Government. 

Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Solutions Fellow at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES); Obama Scholar

Mahmoud Abouelnaga is a Solutions Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He researches and analyzes state, federal and regional energy and environmental policy. His work on business development in energy policy and technology deployment engages business representatives including our BELC and other stakeholders on clean energy and industrial strategy. He writes and communicates information on the overarching topic of climate and clean energy leadership and related policy issues.

Mahmoud was part of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Scholars at Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago where he earned MA in international development and policy and a certificate in energy and environmental policy. He also holds a MS in sustainable energy engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, master’s in environmental management from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and a BS with honors degree in petroleum engineering from Suez University.

Sylvia Luceno

Sylvia Luceno

Intern at Global Co Lab Network

Experienced Youth Activist with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization realm. Skilled in Youth Activism, Student Leadership, Public Speaking, Environmental Awareness, and has a strong interest in International Relations. 

Renee Lertzman, PhD

Renee Lertzman, PhD

Founder of Project InsideOut, Author, TED speaker

Understanding human behavior at the deepest levels is no longer an option. It’s an imperative. The ecological challenges we face can feel scary and insurmountable. It’s time to transform our care and concern into powerful action and innovation.

Renée is an internationally recognized thought leader and adviser, and works with organizations, professionals, and practitioners from government, business, philanthropic, and non-governmental sectors to design research tools, brand strategy, trainings, workshops, engagement practices, and strategies suited for the uniquely challenging nature of environmental work.

Ana Luisa Aguilar Candanedo

Ana Luisa Aguilar Candanedo

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Climate Resilient; DAAD Scholar

Ana is an engineer, climate policy wonk, and researcher working to improve the accuracy of climate projections to strengthen climate decision-making in the global south. She is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Climate Resilient, a think tank developing paradigm-shifting solutions to prosper undeterred by the climate crisis. She formerly served as the Sectoral Measures Coordinator at the Ministry of Environment of Panama where she designed and managed several projects together with civil society to reduce GHG emissions and at age 22 became one of the youngest climate negotiators to Paris Agreement negotiations.
Ana was the Co-Creator of the Youth Climate Network of Panama. She studied Environmental Engineering at the Technological University of Panama and is completing her masters in hydro science & engineering at the University of Dresden in Germany as a DAAD Scholar.
Patty Freedman

Patty Freedman

Director of POP-UP Festival

Patty is an author, educator, and the Director of Marketing for Six Seconds – the world’s largest community for emotional intelligence. Her work focuses on translating neuroscience research into engaging content shared in over 20+ languages and 170+ countries to empower the Sustainable Development Goals from the inside out – as she described in her keynote to the United Nations.
 
Patty leads the POP-UP Festival, in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day; in 2019 this global celebration around the Convention on the Rights of the Child will engage 1.5 million children and adults to use emotional intelligence as a resource for building capacity and decision making skills needed for SDG 3, Good Health & Wellbeing.
Mariam Nusrat

Mariam Nusrat

Education Specialist at World Bank & Founder of social-impact-gaming studio, GRID

Education Specialist at the World Bank: 9+ years of supporting education projects in South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Experienced in offering technical and advisory assistance to client countries, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, incentivizing achievement of results through financing and designing projects based on a strong understanding of World Bank instruments, policies and processes.

Founder of gaming studio, GRID – “Gaming Revolution for International Development”​ and “Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development”. GRID is a social Initiative that aims to leverage low-cost mobile games to educate, engage and empower. Been recognized on stage at sessions moderated by US President Bill Clinton at CGIU 2015 and 2017 and have talked about the role of mobile games in behavior change at several high level forums, including two Tedx events.

laUra Schmidt

laUra Schmidt

CoFounder & Director, Good Grief Network

LaUra Schmidt is a healer, facilitator, and the Founding Director of the Good Grief Network. She is skilled at holding space and sitting with people in their uncertainty and discomfort. She is trained in nonviolent civil disobedience, and is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member & mentor.

LaUra grew up in Michigan, and graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religion. Her MS in Environmental Humanities was earned from the University of Utah.

Scott Poynton

Scott Poynton

Duck Whisperer | Coach & Mentor | People & Culture | Sustainability | Advisor to Boards, CEOs, C-suites

“I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely, or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being!” Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

I believe in people. I believe in you.

I help people the world over lead from their own place; to create their own unique culture, their own way of being, based on who they are, their own DNA, their own values.

After 20 years of supporting people to navigate minefields of deeply wicked problems at some of the world’s largest companies and NGOs, I’ve learned that change comes when people connect to their deeply held values, their soul, or as Australian philosopher Michael Leunig describes it with his beautiful picture of a man praying to a Duck, when they humbly strive to get connected to their inner life or spirit.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping people do this. I call it “Duck whispering”, calling forth what is essential in people and helping them live from that place. Since founding The Forest Trust (now Earthworm Foundation) in 1999, I’ve supported hundreds of company and NGO leaders and thousands of individuals on this journey, inspiring unprecedented changes that have saved millions of hectares of forest, improved millions of lives and yes, even grown bottom lines.

Highlights have included: Supporting ScanCom International and Global Witness to lead the transformation of the wooden garden furniture sector; Supporting CIB and Greenpeace to secure the first FSC certified Congo Basin forest; Supporting Indonesia’s State-owned Teak Corporation remove more than 4,000 guns from its forest protection program to instead partner with local communities; Supporting Nestlé and Greenpeace to announce the world’s first ever No Deforestation commitment…

It all starts with you. 

Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman

CEO, Six Seconds

Emotions can be a resource to connect us with what matters most. What if every person, of every age, everywhere, had the skills & support to grow their emotional intelligence?

What if EVERYONE could grow empathy so we connect more deeply…. Increase emotional literacy so we can share what’s really happening… Strengthen abilities to make choices on purpose to make tomorrow better? That’s what we do at Six Seconds!

We’re working in over 200 countries & territories bringing a practical, measurable approach to increase value with emotional intelligence. From leadership & team development programs at places like FedEx, Qatar Airways, UN, US Navy, Microsoft, HSBC… to wellbeing programs at universities… to social emotional learning initiatives in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day.

Alison Wood

Alison Wood

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at Olin College; director of the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Three College Sustainability Certificate Program

Dr. Alison Wood is an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at Olin College of Engineering. Her academic interests include water and sanitation, interdisciplinary thinking and approaches to environmental and sustainability problems, and decision making in complex systems. Dr. Wood is also pursuing her interests in the areas of equity and justice through education and engagement with context and values. She serves as the Director of Olin’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program and the Director of the Babson-Olin-Wellesley Sustainability Certificate program, among many other internal and external engagements.  

After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature, Dr. Wood worked professionally in theater and wrote and recorded two musical albums. She then returned to school to study engineering, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. Dr. Wood then went on to earn a Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, while working with the Austin chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Her love of learning was first fostered by an unusual elementary school education that was deeply interdisciplinary with a substantial arts curriculum, which has informed all her subsequent thinking about the potential for education to transcend conventional models. Her teaching at Olin continues to inspire her to realize the potential for education in the twenty-first century.

Joshua Schoop

Joshua Schoop

Deputy Director, Day One Project

Dr. Joshua Schoop is the Deputy Director of the Day One Project, an initiative dedicated to democratizing the policymaking process working with new and expert voices across the science and technology community, Dr. Schoop has worked with various public sector and international organizations including the United Nations, Department of State, and USAID developing and implementing innovation strategies and developing innovation policy. He has conducted research and evaluated youth and workforce development strategies in various global settings. Prior to his current role, Dr. Schoop served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. He holds a masters and PhD from Tulane Law School in International Development.

Bjørn Ihler

Bjørn Ihler

Cofounder, Khalifa Ihler Institute

Bjørn Ihler is an international counter extremism expert, technologist and activist working as a editor, writer and filmmaker to develop spaces for dialogue and peace-building between people and communities who are radically different. In 2016 Ihler co-founded the Khalifa Ihler institute which works for peace through knowledge, technology and design. Since 2016 Ihler has also been part of the Kofi Annan Foundation initiative Extremely Together and exploring means of countering violent extremism as one of ten young leaders in the field from across the world. Ihler is building his work on a foundation in communication, technology, data and computational sociology as well as his academic background in peace and conflict studies.

The Climate of Emotions virtual conference is produced by Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network, Produced partnership the Khalifa Ihler Institute for Peaceful & Thriving Communities, Climate Resilient, National Children’s Campaign, Global Co Lab Network, CharityBomb, and more. The program will be culminate in development of the GREEN 13 POP-UP Festival, in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day.

Six Seconds is a global nonprofit working to support ALL people to grow and practice emotional intelligence. Make a tax-deductible donation to support this work.

We think the world would be a better place if a billion people were practicing the skills of emotional intelligence (EQ). So, we research and share scientific, global, transformational tools & methods to support that goal. Learn more about Six Seconds’ vision or to go deeper, explore EQ Certification Training for coaching, facilitating, consulting or educating.

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