Climate Changers

Climate Changers

Ryan Flahive
Oct 23, 2020 15 min

Racism is Killing the Planet with Hop Hopkins

Hop Hopkins is the Sierra Club's Director of Organizational Transformation, where he works to advance organizational transformation and equity, justice and inclusion. Hop works to ensure that the Sierra Club’s campaigns and programs are deeply connected with communities most challenged by climate change and environmental degradation, including low-income communities and communities of color.
Oct 14, 2020 20 min

In This Together with Trammell Crow and Bill Shireman

Dallas based Republican billionaire Trammell Crow is the founder of EarthX, the world’s largest environmental exposition. Bill Shireman is the CEO of, a nonprofit consultancy that resolves battles between corporations and environmental activists. Together, Trammell and Bill have authored IN THIS TOGETHER, a strategy and agenda to save the planet from combatants on both the left and the right. Crow and Shireman show how to break the gridlock, end the war for the environment, unite the parties, and drive radical collaboration for solutions. Their plan brings together the best ideas of conservatives and progressives, and restores conservation as a bipartisan priority that can preserve our prosperity and reclaim our divided democracy.
Oct 09, 2020 27 min

Racial Justice, Climate Justice and Equity with Teron McGrew

Teron McGrew enjoys advocacy with an educational background and strong affinity for fair housing, sustainability, (green building) community development, urban planning, and ending systemic racism. She is the CEO of her own consulting company. She likes coalition building, collaboration, and bringing the voices of the frontline community into solution-oriented processes. She has traveled with former United States Vice President Al Gore, Founder Climate Reality Project, to train Climate Reality Leaders in Atlanta, Georgia and St. Paul, Minnesota in 2019 and at the historic 2020 Climate Reality Global Trainings (14 k national and international trainees), mentoring over 80 Climate Reality Leaders. She is currently the Chairperson, Community Development Block Grant, District 1, and actively engages in the historic environmental cohort for the Howard Terminal Community Building Agreement (CBA), a baseball stadium development project between the A's, City of Oakland, and Port of Oakland. She is the creator of the Climate Reality Bay Area Climate Justice Salon Series. She loves reading, hiking, golfing, sewing, gardening, science fiction, and a love for humanity.
Oct 02, 2020 16 min

Regenerative Ocean Farming with Bren Smith

Bren Smith is a lifelong commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer. He pioneered the development of 3D Ocean Farming on his farm nestled in the Thimble Islands of Long Island Sound. 3D Ocean Farming uses the entire water column to grow a variety of species—ranging from sugar kelp and oysters to mussels and scallops—and has emerged as a national model for sustainable food production, ocean restoration, and economic development. Bren is the executive director and co-founder of GreenWave, an award-winning organization that supports a new generation of ocean farmers. He is an Ashoka and Echoing Green Climate Fellow and author of Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.
Sep 11, 2020 13 min

Bringing Clean Energy to the Dirtiest Parts of the Grid with Laura Zapata

Laura Zapata is the co-founder of Clearloop, the first solar offset company in the U.S. that offers companies a way to offset their carbon footprint by turning everyday purchases into clean energy. Typically, companies have few options to offset their carbon footprint, and the few options available are cost prohibitive. Through partnering with Clearloop, companies of all sizes can build new solar capacity to offset their products and services and expand access to clean energy across the United States. The U.S. electric grid today accounts for 25% of all U.S. emissions. By accelerating the creation of new solar projects, especially in communities in the South and Midwest who are forced to rely on fossil fuels, Clearloop seeks to amplify the power of brands to green the U.S. electric grid. Laura Zapata made a career in crisis communications and reputation management, particularly in Congress, political campaigns, and Uber. She’s now applying that reputation lens to help companies invest in new solar projects to accelerate the greening of the grid – starting in communities that are getting left behind without access to clean energy. Laura immigrated from Colombia with her family when she was 10 years old and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sep 02, 2020 19 min

Livestock is the Solution to Climate Change with Allan Savory

Allan Savory is a Zimbabwean ecologist, livestock farmer, and president and co-founder of the Savory Institute. He originated Holistic management, a systems thinking approach to managing resources.
Aug 20, 2020 19 min

Farming Carbon with Trey Hill of Harborview Farms

Trey Hill is CEO of Harborview Farms, a grain operation producing corn, wheat, and soybeans with a focus on sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. Harborview Farms is working to bring some game-changing new ideas, including carbon sequestration, to farming. How? By approaching farming as a creative endeavor, exploring new techniques, and connecting dots in new ways that others aren’t willing to try.
Aug 07, 2020 22 min

Translating Shared Experience into Action with Miranda Massie of the Climate Museum

Miranda Massie is the Director of the Climate Museum in New York City. The Climate Museum is creating a culture for action on climate, inviting people from all walks of life into the conversation and building community around just solutions. Most people in the US are worried about the climate crisis, but silent and inactive. Building on the popularity and trust held by museums, we bring people together to learn about solutions and join the fight for a brighter future, providing multiple pathways into civic engagement. In 2014, Miranda left a career in social justice law to start laying the groundwork for the Museum. As a civil rights impact litigator, her honors include Fletcher Foundation, W.E.B. Dubois Institute, and Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowships, as well as a Mentorship-in-Residence at Yale Law School.
Jul 29, 2020 12 min

Restoring Reef Ecosystems with Scott Sensenbrenner

Scott Sensenbrenner is the Founder & CEO of Enzymedica, which has partnered MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium to restore Florida's coral reefs. While 1% of the world’s oceans are coral reefs, they support 25% of all marine life and feed more than 500 million people. In some areas of Florida and the Caribbean, coral cover has declined by 50% to 80% in the last 30 years. Ocean plants are responsible for producing 85% of the oxygen we breathe – and coral reefs are on track to die off by 2050 if more restoration is not completed. Mote has developed a “microfragmentation and fusion” method to grow corals 50 times faster in their nurseries than they grow naturally. These born-in-a-lab baby “reefs”, which are implanted in the dying reef, look a bit like Reese’s peanut butter cups. They have a 95% survival rate when placed onto the reef. Mote has outplanted more than 70,000+ new corals to-date with the help of financial support from Enzymedica.
Jul 16, 2020 25 min

Climate Change is a National Security Issue with Rod Schoonover

Rod Schoonover is the founder and CEO of the Ecological Futures Group and an internationally recognized expert on global ecological disruption, climate change, and their impacts on national and global security. From 2009 to 2019, Dr. Schoonover was the Senior Scientist in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research where he oversaw the portfolio on Environment and Science & Technology issues, in particular the national security implications of climate change, ecological change, water security, strategic minerals, wildlife trafficking, emergent and disruptive technology, and space security. During an intervening tour from 2016-2018, he served as the Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His passion for scientific integrity and evidence-driven, apolitical analysis compelled him to resign from the Trump administration in July 2019.
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