What do we do?
Laura Turner Seydel
Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
I came to film from a recreational background. I grew up playing on mountains and in rivers and developed a love for those places. Over the years I’ve grown to be passionate about protecting the places that I love to play. I feel like that’s a level that everyone on Earth can connect on—we all love to play! My passion is producing film that taps into that basic joy and inspires people to action.
captainplanetfoundation.org | mothersandothersforcleanair.org
Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D.Founder, Sylvia Earle Alliance & Mission Blue
Oceanographer. Explorer. Author. Lecturer. Time Magazine Hero for the Planet.
Ignorance is the biggest problem of all for the ocean—and for many other things as well. Knowledge is the key to making a difference. It isn’t too late to shift from the swift, sharp decline of ocean systems in recent decades to an era of steady recovery. There is time, and there is a growing awareness, which is the
best way to counter indifference. People who know might care.
Photo: Todd Brown
Founder, Under the Canopy & MetaWear Organic. President, Portico Brands
New York, New York
ECOfashion Pioneer. Serial ECOpreneur. Global Changemaker & Sustainable Lifestyle Expert.
My greatest concern is that we are polluting the home we depend on while compromising human and planetary health and future generations. We need to make smart choices that support organic and sustainable food, fiber, and other lifestyle products. It is essential that we collaborate and connect with each other as we all live together “under the canopy” of the planet’s ecosystem.
marcizaroff.com | underthecanopy.com
Leilani MunterRace Car Driver. Environmental Activist. Carbon Free Girl
Charlotte, North Carolina
Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.
Climate change is my greatest concern. Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Our generation must fulfill the most noble of duties by ensuring the survival of future generations through the most basic of survival mechanisms—adaptation. Make your next car electric, put solar panels on your roof, and go vegan.
Director, Racing Extinction. Executive Director, Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS)
Academy Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker. Former National Geographic Photographer.
Our planet is currently undergoing a mass extinction of species called the Anthropocene—the Age of Man. Half of all species on Earth could disappear by the end of the century because of our
collective impact. The single most impactful thing you can do today is adopt a more plant-based diet. A vegetarian driving a Hummer emits less carbon than a meat eater on a bicycle.
racingextinction.com | opsociety.org
Stefanie SpearFounder and CEO, EcoWatch
My greatest concern for future generations is in regards to a warming planet. Though strides are being made, I don’t believe world leaders will act fast enough. As world leaders prepare for the climate talks in Paris, they should take heed of Bloomberg’s New Energy Outlook 2015 that says, “Despite the surge of renewables, CO2 power-sector emissions will rise 13 percent by 2040 and CO2 content of the atmosphere is on course to exceed 450 ppm by 2035.” Clearly, stronger policy action on emissions will be needed.
Sally Jewell Coxe
Founder & President, Bonobo Conservation Initiative
Democratic Republic of Congo & Washington, DC
My passion is saving the endangered bonobo and the Congo rainforest. Bonobos are humankind’s closest relatives, sharing almost 99 percent of our DNA. Peaceful, matriarchal, and bisexual, bonobos “make love, not war” by sharing resources, rather than fighting over them like chimpanzees and humans do. Besides teaching us a lot about ourselves, bonobos play a critical role in maintaining and protecting the world’s second largest rainforest, essential for mitigating climate change and sustaining all life on Earth.
Photo: Michael Hurley
Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D.President & CEO, Colorado Mountain College
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Only a well-educated populace can face the future’s environmental and social challenges. Educated citizens are critical thinkers and better stewards of their communities and our Earth. In this post-recession world, employers demand better-educated workers. By 2020, 75 percent of jobs in Colorado will require a post-secondary credential. But, nationally, 20 to 60 percent of high school graduates are not ready for college. Colleges need to partner with K-12 schools to close this gap.
Photo: David Clifford
Peter Hans Ward
Special Projects, American Renewable Energy Institute
Democratic Republic of Congo & Washington, DC
Entrepreneur. Climate activist. Chef. Part-time ski bum.
My greatest concern is that the status quo will remain unchanged and global citizens will continue to be overshadowed at the expense of unsustainable and destructive corporate interests. As our world becomes more globalized, it is crucial that we start looking and
listening to our neighbors, communities, and local leaders for solutions that address our carbon use and the implementation of renewable energy systems. Know your farmers, know your food.
Photo: Peter Hans Ward
humbleplum.com | areday.net
Robert StylerPresident and Co-founder, Powur.com
Innovated world’s first residential solar lease sales model in 2005.
We have the solutions. We need distribution. Jigar Shah, the founder of SunEdison, called me with a mission: “We need to get ten trillion dollars of clean-tech products to market in ten years. You should build the sales network.” Two years later, we decentralized the production of energy through solar and the creation of wealth through our innovative network of Powur advocates. Our greatest renewable energy is the human spirit.
Photo: Jack Leishman
Eddie & Carol Sturman
Sturman Industries Initiative
Woodland Park, Colorado
High-tech innovation leaders responsible for Sturman Industries and over 100 patents.
There is a need to establish near-term environmental balance and address fossil fuels and high-power electric line EMF generating emissions and cancer. We recommend replacing “analog” motion and fluid controls with “digital” transforms equipment. This facilitates ultra-efficient operation of any equipment, including mobile and stationary engines using carbon-free and bio fuels, wind, and solar and their practical energy storage, water supply, and use. It’s green, clean, and requires up to ten thousand times less energy!
Ginna KellyPresident, Climb for Conservation
New Haven, Connecticut
Founder and president of the nonprofit Climb for Conservation, Inc.
I am deeply concerned about the sixth mass extinction. In less than
one hundred years, over half of all species on Earth may be extinct. Rates are up to one hundred times higher than normal. A sixth mass extinction would rival the last catastrophe when the dinosaurs died sixty-five million years ago. My goal with Climb for Conservation is to inspire climbers to raise awareness and funds to save critically endangered species.
Sustainability Radio Host Founder, Trash On Your Back 5-Day Challenge
Los Angeles, California
Founded a global radio platform for people to share sustainable solutions.
Leaving a sustainable planet for our next generation is our greatest challenge and the greatest collective opportunity for our nation. We have the capacity and the brainpower to innovate, educate, activate, and re-imagine our way to our sustainable planet. We can either get on board or be left behind. With innovations in energy, water, waste, and food, we can crack the code on renewability and sustainability while having fun and making conservation sexy!
snetoday.com | trashonyourback.com
Greg ReitmanFilm Director/Producer/Activist, Blue Water Entertainment
Santa Monica, California
Blue Water Entertainment produces films that transform the world.
If we are to transform the world, we must first begin by transforming ourselves. Trees ask us to examine how we live in the natural world, with one another, and intrapersonally. If we value ourselves, we value trees; if we treat our environment right, we treat ourselves right. We are each a microcosm; if each of our individual worlds is in balance, the whole planet is in balance. Change begins within: the world is as you are.
Photo: Ron Rinaldi
bluewatercompany.com | gregreitman.com
CEO, Nokero International
Mechanical Engineer. Inventor. Patent Agent.
I invented Nokero—a solar light bulb—to improve life for the 1.3 billion people who burn kerosene for light. Emissions from kerosene lamps hurt humans and the environment. Nokero’s lights harness sunlight to provide clean, affordable, and safe light at night. To date, we have sold 1.3 million lights across 120 countries, saving tens of millions of dollars and providing millions of hours of light in the world’s poorest countries.
Photo: Nokero International, Ltd.
Chairman & CEO, American Renewable Energy Institute
President, American Spirit Productions
My greatest concern is that we will not transition from fossil fuels to sustainable strategies in time to alleviate the deepest impacts of the sixth great extinction. We are now on the verge of a revolution in planetary systems, both physical and technological, that will ensure the survival of not only the human species but most of the myriad species that now exist on Mother Earth. At AREI we advocate for rapid implementation of renewable energy and energy-efficient strategies at the necessary speed and scale to solve the environmental and economic crises.
Founder of Divest Harvard & First Here, Then Everywhere
Youth climate activist.
Climate change threatens all that we love, so we have a responsibility to act. This is why I call for a “radical now,” not a radical future. We must live the values that we believe in order to create a different world and different forms of power. A part of this “radical now” includes divesting from fossil fuels, withdrawing moral and financial support from an industry that drives the climate crisis.
Photo: Marti Stone
firstheretheneverywhere.org | gofossilfree.org
Executive Director, Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Executive Director of CORE in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado.
My greatest concern is the lack of action to price carbon emissions in the U.S. and around the globe. Let’s enact a fee and dividend on carbon. If we pay societal and environmental costs of carbon and disburse those fees back to households, we will steadily choose solutions that will reduce carbon emissions and create innumerable benefits. CORE’s Energy Smart Program uses payments for carbon emissions and provides incentives for building improvements.
aspencore.org | energysmartcolorado.com
Analyst, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Analyzes water security, climate change, and migration in South Asia.
I wonder how our children’s generation will look back on us. Will they ask why we allowed the violence of climate change to unfold when we still had the chance to make a difference? Our energy systems will undoubtedly transition to renewable sources. The crucial factor is time. If we want to avoid the raft of climate risks, CO2 emissions reductions need to happen now.
Photo: Brian Clopp / photograph.me
U.S. Senator for Colorado
Pragmatic, Innovative, and Independent Thinker Committed to Conservation.
Colorado’s majestic landscapes are one of our most valuable assets, and it’s important that we work to preserve these treasures. Our office has successfully supported community efforts to protect areas like the Hermosa Creek Watershed and the Roan Plateau. We’ve also championed the creation of national, state, and local parks through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We’ll keep working with local partners to preserve these lands for future generations.
William Robert “Bob” Irvine
President and CEO, American Rivers
President & CEO of American Rivers. Avid fly fisherman.
Healthy, flowing rivers are the lifeblood of our communities. As I fish, I see firsthand that too many rivers have been dammed, diverted, and destroyed, with high costs for people, fish, and wildlife. We must manage water in ways that recognize the value of healthy rivers and ensure balance among water users. We’ve proven that when stakeholders build trust and work together, we can achieve solutions that work for everyone.
Photo: Krista Schlyer
CEO, Newlight Technologies
Combining air with greenhouse gases to produce carbon-capturing AirCarbon.
I am most concerned by climate change. We cannot be intimidated by the size of the problems we face. Problems start small, and solutions start small. But small things become big things.
Photo: Newlight Technologies
President, Global Security Institute
New York, New York
Attorney. Author. Professor. International Peace Advocate, Activist, and Practitioner.
Ask yourself every day: Is my love alive, true, generous, and open? How can I bring love into action? Ask every politician and leader: What are your plans to end poverty? What are your plans to protect the climate? What are your plans to eliminate nuclear weapons? To answer these correctly is to bring love into action.
Photo: Michael Collopy
CEO & Co-founder, Global Thermostat
New York, New York
To survive, humans need food, water, and air. Yet biodiversity, the Earth’s bodies of water, and the planet’s atmosphere are all under threat. We are in the midst of the sixth largest extinction event on Earth. Our species’ survival is at risk due to our own actions. We need a transformation of the world economy and of how we use and share the Earth’s resources. We are running out of time. We are truly at the point of no return.
globalthermostat.com | chichilnisky.com
Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
Oversees work on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and climate finance.
My greatest concern for the environment is for us all to deal with the ultimate global problem—combatting the impact of climate change. But it’s not just an environmental challenge. It’s really a fundamental threat to development in our lifetime. If nothing’s done, then we’re on track for temperature rises, which will put people’s lives at risk. If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty. It’s that simple.
Richard C. Goodwin
Founder, Goodwin Foundation
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Goodwin Foundation supports over 100 organizations and Middle East peace.
We all know about global warming and its effect on climate change. The degradation of our environment is my major concern. Global warming and its effect on climate change are devastating. Most of the warming trend is human-induced and rapidly proceeding. We all need to take action by driving smarter cars and retrofitting our buildings to take advantage of free solar energy. It’s the patriotic thing to do.
Photo: Lisa R. Dresback
CEO, As You Sow
Leads NGO dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility.
My greatest concern is that corporate power will remain out of alignment with the hopes and dreams of the people of planet Earth. We must all take responsibility for everything that we buy, that we do, that we eat. We must all own what we own and not abdicate our power. This shift in consciousness to a multi-generational time-horizon will create a glide-path to an abundant and just future.
Photo: Jacquy Aragote / Inner World Films
asyousow.org | proxypreview.org
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Mill Valley, California
Co-founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN).
The climate crisis is urgent, with a very small time window to take bold action. It makes no sense to try to protect the Earth and heal damaged ecosystems by further subjecting Nature to the very systems, like our current economic structure, that caused the damage in the first place. We need systemic change and the courage to change everything about how we are living with each other and the Earth.
Photo: Gabriele Schwibach wecaninternational.org
Program Manager, AREDAY
24-year-old environmental engineer, yogini, and climate activist.
My generation—the Millennials, born between 1980 and the mid-2000s—is now the largest generation in the U.S. My greatest concern is that we will conduct business and daily life in a similar fashion to our parents and not act at the speed and scale necessary to combat climate change. Solutions arise when groups of like-minded individuals come together. We must educate, collaborate, and collectively speak up to protect our planet.
Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer, Green Alpha Advisors, LLC
Building fossil-free portfolios for the Next Economy. Manager of $NEXTX.
At heart, my approach to investing is simple: don’t invest in causes of global systemic risks, notably fossil fuels, and do invest in solutions to those risks. A stock portfolio is a vision for the future, so my advice when investing is to look at holdings and make sure they both represent the future you believe is emerging economically and reflect the world you want to see.
Photo: Lawrence Pritchard
greenalphaadvisors.com | blogs.sierraclub.org/gaa