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Oceanographic explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer.
Jean-Michel CousteauOceanographic explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer.
For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Jean-Michel is a dedicated advocate for the protection of the water planet. As a voice for the ocean, he inspires and educates audiences worldwide about the need to act responsibly and preserve the fragile underwater ecosystems tied to all life on earth.
Scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalisation author
Vandana ShivaScholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalisation author
Vandana Shiva is a tireless defender of the environment. She is the founder of Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. She is also the founder and director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. Shiva fights for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food: “I don’t want to live in a world where five giant companies control our health and our food.”
Captain Paul Watson
Conservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founded Greenpeace
Captain Paul WatsonConservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founded Greenpeace
CPW is a marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977, he left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. A renowned speaker, accomplished author, master mariner, and lifelong environmentalist, Captain Watson has been awarded many honors for his dedication to the oceans and to the planet.
Award-winning speaker, author, and global activist. Co-founder of Pachamama Alliance
Lynne TwistAward-winning speaker, author, and global activist. Co-founder of Pachamama Alliance
Lynne Twist is a co-founder of The Pachamama Alliance, and founder of The Soul of Money Institute. She has dedicated herself to alleviating poverty and hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability.
To date, Lynne is a Pachamama Alliance board member and fundraiser. She also leads journeys into the Amazon rainforest through the organization’s Pachamama Journeys program.
Rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and activist
Prince EARapper, spoken word artist, music video director and activist
Prince Ea, has touched the hearts, minds and souls of millions of people worldwide. By producing creative, inspirational and thought provoking content, Prince has accumulated over 1 billion views on Facebook alone and even more on a combination of other platforms.
Advocate for the SDG’s, Regenerative Futurist, Member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum for Innovation
Marc BuckleyAdvocate for the SDG’s, Regenerative Futurist, Member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum for Innovation
Marc has been involved in Climate Activism for a long time and would love to show you how to run faster than climate change by being an impactful and exponential human being. One of the first to be trained by Al Gore as a Climate Speaker he has made getting through the Climate Crisis towards Resilient Desirable Futures his life’s work.
As an Advocate for the SDG’s, Regenerative Futurist, Member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum for Innovation, Climate Change, Agriculture, Food, and Beverages, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc’s passions lie in social innovation, systems thinking, and dynamic modeling to solve our global grand challenges.
Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.
Founder and Board President of Amazon Watch, director of global strategy for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative
Atossa SoltaniFounder and Board President of Amazon Watch, director of global strategy for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative
Atossa has been directing global campaigns for indigenous peoples rights and protection of tropical rainforests for over three decades. Atossa is the Founder and Board President of Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin (www.amazonwatch.org). Atossa served as Amazon Watch's first Executive Director for 18 years and continues to support the organization's mission as Board President.
Currently Atossa is the director of global strategy for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative working with an alliance of 30 indigenous nations to permanently protect 86 million acres of rainforests in the most biologically diverse ecosystem on Earth in Ecuador and Peru.
Interdisciplinary researcher and knowledge broker with experience developing, applying, and translating science for numerous US states, cities, and local communities.
Adam ParrisInterdisciplinary researcher and knowledge broker with experience developing, applying, and translating science for numerous US states, cities, and local communities.
Adam is an environmental expert with more than 20 years of experience helping people build equitable and just solutions to adapt to climate and societal change. Adam helps people build equitable, just, and science-informed solutions that adapt to climate and societal change. Over the past two decades, he has worked collaboratively with diverse coastal communities across the U.S. as part of the city, state, and federal government agencies.
Charles X Michel
Food Educator, Consultant, Innovator. Culinary Artist, Experience Designer & Community Catalyst
Charles X MichelFood Educator, Consultant, Innovator. Culinary Artist, Experience Designer & Community Catalyst
Ethical eating has never been as important as it is now. What we eat everyday is the most intimate connection we establish with the Earth, and people around us. Food is an everyday political and economical act to either build a healthier food system for people and the planet, or to perpetuate an unsustainable paradigm. I believe food is a powerful tool for social and environmental change.
I am currently leading and partaking in grassroots community activism, advising regenerative hospitality projects. In 2020, I worked as a consultant for the World Food Programme in Colombia.
Kim Stanley Robinson
American novelist, widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction
Kim Stanley RobinsonAmerican novelist, widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American novelist, widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. Robinson began publishing novels in 1984. His work has been described as "humanist science fiction" and "literary science fiction". Robinson himself has been a proud defender and advocate of science fiction as a genre, which he regards as one of the most powerful of all literary forms. Kim Stanley Robinson has become an important public thinker. He was named a “hero of the environment” by Time magazine and The New Yorker called him “one of the most important political writers working in America today.”Credit...
Author, teacher, and VC building world changing life science platforms in IT, diagnostics, energy, chemicals, pharma, agribusiness, and biotech.
Juan EnriquezAuthor, teacher, and VC building world changing life science platforms in IT, diagnostics, energy, chemicals, pharma, agribusiness, and biotech.
Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about the profound changes that genomics and brain research will bring about in business, technology, politics and society. A broad thinker, Juan Enriquez bridges disciplines to build a coherent look ahead. He is the managing director of Excel Venture Management, a life sciences VC firm. He cofounded the company that made the world's first synthetic life form and seed funded a company that may allow portable brain reading.
Enriquez's book, RIGHT/WRONG: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics, shows why we should be a little less harsh in judging our peers and ancestors and more careful in being dead certain that what we do today will be regarded as ethical tomorrow. In 2015, he published Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Shaping Life on Earth with Steve Gullans. The book describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves and other species.
Michael Shawn Conway
CEO and Director at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency
Michael Shawn ConwayCEO and Director at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency
Michael Shaun Conaway is the CEO and Director at Storyworks, a social impact creative agency. His mission is to liberate greatness in people and organizations to redesign our failing systems and create an anti-fragile, anti-rival world, one that works for all. His work is in strategy, storytelling and branding for leading edge companies building solutions for a thriving future. In his most recent film project WeRiseUP, director Michael Shaun explores how we can redesign success at the personal, collective and universal levels to create a thriving future for humanity. Learn more at weriseup.com.
Michael Shaun is an undying champion of business as a force for good. At Storyworks, he helps companies grow their purpose, profit and impact focusing on their authentic why and their true north story. For 20 years he has been at the vanguard of using media to move and inspire audiences to learn, grow and develop themselves to their highest potential.
Co-Founder - Daughters For Earth / Author, Speaker
Zainab SalbiCo-Founder - Daughters For Earth / Author, Speaker
Zainab Salbi has frequently been named as one of the women changing the world by leading publications ranging from Newsweek to The Guardian. Oprah Winfrey identified her as one of the women changing the world to People Magazine and President Bill Clinton identified her as one of the 21st century heroes to Harper’s Bazaar. Most recently Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of “100 Leading Global
Thinkers” and Watkins Magazine identified her as
one of the top 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2020.
At the age of 23, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization
dedicated to women survivors of wars. Under her leadership (1993–2011), Women for Women
International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 420,000
women and distributing more than 100 million dollars in aid.
Zainab is the author of several books, including the best seller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny; Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (with Laurie Buckland); The Other Side of War; Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope; If You Knew Me You Would Care (with photographs by Rennio Maifredi); and her latest Freedom is an Inside Job; Owning our Darkness and Our Light to Change Ourselves and the World.
She is also the Executive Editor and Host of several shows including Through Her Eyes with Yahoo News, #MeToo, Now What? with PBS, The Zainab Salbi Project with Huffington Post, and The Nida’a Show with TLC Arabia.
In early 2022, alongside Jody Allen, Zainab co-founded Daughters for Earth, a new fund and
campaign that aims to inspire all women to engage in climate change action by mobilizing $100
million for on the ground, women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth.
Quinault Indian Nation, WA - Politician / Activist / President - National Congress Of American Indians
Fawn SharpQuinault Indian Nation, WA - Politician / Activist / President - National Congress Of American Indians
President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Indian Nation is serving her fifth term as President and CEO of the Quinault Indian Nation. Born on the Quinault Reservation, she lives on beautiful Lake Quinault with her mother and her four children. She is blessed to live in a Nation where you can still travel from mountain glaciers, down flowing streams, through temperate rain forests, and onto pristine sandy beaches -- without seeing short-sighted development and environmental degradation.
Blessed to have been mentored by visionary Native American leaders like President Joe DeLaCruz (Quinault), Billy Frank Jr. (Nisqually), and Chairwoman Ramona Bennett (Puyallup), President Sharp has dedicated her life to fighting to protect the sovereignty, human rights, and cultural inheritances of all Tribal Nations. A human rights attorney by training, she left home to get her education, ultimately receiving degrees and advanced certificates from the University of Washington, Gonzaga University, the University of Nevada, and Oxford University. In 2018, she was recognized by the United Nations as one of the foremost experts on the human rights of indigenous people globally.
After serving as an intelligence officer, Tribal attorney, and judge, Fawn Sharp has been elected to five consecutive terms as President of the Quinault Indian Nation. Under her leadership, the Quinault Nation has seen unprecedented economic growth while upholding its age-old traditions of civil rights activism, public advocacy, and local, regional, statewide, and national leadership on issues of civil rights and environmental protections. In 2018, President Sharp co-authored and co-led I-1631, the most aggressive climate change initiative in American history, ultimately receiving the support of global celebrities like Bill Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michael Bloomberg en route to forcing fossil fuel companies to spend $32 million in Washington State alone to fight it at the ballot box.
Fawn Sharp was also nominated as one of Forbes' 50 over 50 in 2022.
Leadership & Co-founder - Daughters for Earth / Executive Director - One Earth
Justin WintersLeadership & Co-founder - Daughters for Earth / Executive Director - One Earth
Justin Winters is the Co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth, a nonprofit organization working to galvanize collective action to solve the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss through groundbreaking science, inspiring media, and an innovative approach to climate philanthropy.
Through One Earth, she is working to create a world where humanity and nature coexist and thrive together through three pillars of action: a just transition to 100% renewable energy, protection and restoration of 50% of the world’s lands and oceans, and a shift to regenerative, carbon-negative agriculture.
Justin was instrumental in launching Daughters for Earth, a new campaign and fund that aims to mobilize all women to actively engage in climate action by supporting on-the-ground, women-led efforts to protect and restore the Earth.
Prior to One Earth, Justin served as Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for 13 years, where she built the organization’s grant-making program, which awarded over $100 million in grants across 60 countries and created a series of innovative philanthropic funds, including Oceans 5, Shark Conservation Fund, The Solutions Project, Lion Recovery Fund, Elephant Crisis Fund, and Quick Response Fund for Nature.
Justin is committed to empowering everyone to become a philanthro-activist for the Earth and supporting impactful, community-driven climate solutions all over the world.
Filmmaker, Founder/Executive Director - If Not Us Then Who?
Paul RedmanFilmmaker, Founder/Executive Director - If Not Us Then Who?
Born in South Africa to British parents I am a child of apartheid instilled with a determination to reveal the truth so we can heal our planet. A multi-award (19+) winning documentary filmmaker and social impact strategic communicator who has travelled the world creating environmental campaign videos, investigative exposes and participatory media for over 20 years.
From investigating the tiger skin trade in remote Tibet, discovering a never before filmed stoned face in the Peruvian jungles, filming with an ex-South African paramilitary in his private reserve in Mozambique or training frontline indigenous activists across 3 continents, my travels have allowed me to witness what it takes to save the planet.
Founder and Executive Director at ‘If Not Us Then Who’ a US based charity that uses strategic communication techniques to support the demands of indigenous and local communities across the tropical forest regions. This work includes building alliances through yearly communication events in cities globally. These events range from 4-day dialogues with influencers and creatives to outdoor projections, innovative protests and TED style talks.
In addition the organization has created over 34 participatory short films in indigenous communities, training and equipping 100s of local rural filmmakers and developed ifnotusthenwho.me as a indigenous led media impact charity with a reach of over 60 million. If Not Us Then Who has built strong partnerships with over 40 major organizations and has been featured in a number of major news outlets including The Guardian, BBC, New York Times, Le Monde and El Pais and in 2020 was awarded 'Vital Voices' Social Impact Media Award.
Ocean Defender / Artist / CEO - OCN.ai / Co-Founder - Ultramarine Summit
Jeremy McKaneOcean Defender / Artist / CEO - OCN.ai / Co-Founder - Ultramarine Summit
Jeremy McKane is the CEO of OCN.ai, a company that leverages technology to measure and interpret ocean data, with a focus on building a nature-based economy. He is also an accomplished artist and member of The Explorers Club, and serves as an ambassador for 5Gyres and Coral Gardeners.
In addition to his work with OCN.ai, Jeremy is also the co-founder of Ultramarine, an annual gathering on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island that brings together thought leaders, artists, business leaders, and politicians to focus on ways to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.
Jeremy combines his work as a technologist, artist, and thought leader to build a nature-based economy, with a focus on incentivizing countries to protect the environment rather than taking from it. Through OCN.ai, Jeremy is creating a platform that enables governments, businesses, and individuals to see the value of preserving the health of the oceans.
David Hernández Palmar
Wayuu, IIPUANA Clan, Venezuela : Filmmaker, Activist, Training Program Director - If Not Us Then Who?
David Hernández PalmarWayuu, IIPUANA Clan, Venezuela : Filmmaker, Activist, Training Program Director - If Not Us Then Who?
David Hernández Palmar | Wayuu, IIPUANA Clan, Venezuela | is a filmmaker, independent curator and film programmer with recognized experience in the Latin American region. He is also a photographer, journalist, researcher and producer of several audiovisual works that have portrayed the Wayuu world.
He has co-directed films such as: “Owners of The Water”, “Wounmainkat“. With the short film “The Foreign Body“, World Premiere in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF and Winner of the First Prize at FICMAYAB (13th International Festival of Film and Communication of Indigenous Peoples), he began his career as a Film Producer.
He is currently the executive producer of the Ecuadorian feature film “Semillas de Lucha” by Kvrvf Nawel | Mapuche, Argentina, that was premiered at The International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias – FICCI60; producer of “A son”, a first feature film project in development by Venezuelan filmmaker Héctor Silva Núñez; producer of “The Dusk of the Amazon” a documentary feature in production by Alvaro Sarmiento and Diego Sarmiento | Quechua, Perú); producer of “Suggunya 1698. The key to Darién”, a documentary feature film project in development by Olowaili Green | Guna Dule, Colombia and David Sierra; co – director with Marbel Vanegas | Wayuu Jusayu, Colombia, of “Searching for the marks of the Asho´ojushi”, a documentary feature film project in development.
Other positions David holds: Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Film specializing in Indigenous Film / Member of the Wayuu People Communications Network / Director of the Indigenous Audiovisual Foundation Wayaakua / Curator and Programmer of the Wayuu Film and Video Showcase / Curator and Programmer of the International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela MICIV / Political Advisor for Latin American Coordinator of Cinema and Communication of Indigenous Peoples CLACPI / Guest Curator for Daupará – Indigenous Film and Video Showcase in Colombia / Former Advisor for special selection NATIVe of the Berlinale International Film Festival / Member of The Indigenous Media and Communication Caucus / Member of #ImaginacciónIndígena / Member of the Programmers of Color Collective POC
Storyteller-Activist / Co-Director - Circle Of Wisdom
Téana DavidStoryteller-Activist / Co-Director - Circle Of Wisdom
Writing and producing at the intersection of ecology and social justice, Téana is Co-Director of the Shift Your World Film Festival and Co-Director of Circle of Wisdom, a non-profit dedicated to intergenerational insight exchange.
As the former Director of Deepak HomeBase in New York City, she curated and produced over 250 events featuring prominent wellness, environmental and social justice leaders.
Raised on Vancouver Island, Téana co-wrote her first TV pilot at age 19 before going on to write for theater, acquiring a masters degree from Naropa University with a focus on playwriting and producing. With her company Wise Planet Media, she co-creates livestreams, documentaries and short form media messaging campaigns with a focus on indigenous rights and environmental justice.
She is currently serving as Impact Producer for the revolutionary new docuseries, Changing of the Gods, and is collaborating with Tribal Trust Foundation and members of the Monpa community of Bhutan on a documentary that tells the story of cultural resilience amidst a changing climate. She is a Founding Member of the advocacy group, Artists for Amazonia.
Storyteller, Founder, Writer - School For Sacred Storytelling
Leah LambStoryteller, Founder, Writer - School For Sacred Storytelling
Writer, Storyteller and Founder of The School for Sacred Storytelling - Leah teaches the art of sacred storytelling as a pathway of self discovery and developing a relationship with the natural & unseen worlds.
Her experience in storytelling ranges from producing and writing Award-winning plays & PSA’s, short films, one-woman shows, and story ceremonies. She produced the Green Channel for the Emmy award winning television network "Current TV", and her writing about the environment has been featured in National Geographic News Watch, Planet Green, and Huffington Post. Leah is also the creator of Soul Stories, a mystic form of Storytelling she practices as a healing art.
Solutionist / CEO, Founder - RegenIntel
Chad FrischmannSolutionist / CEO, Founder - RegenIntel
Chad Frischmann is the CEO and Founder of Regenerative Intelligence (RegenIntel), a global ecosystem superpowered by a network of world class system thinkers and doers creating a virtuous cycle of collaborative intelligence, we enable the effective implementation of the highest impact ‘system of solutions’ for the planet and for people at scale.
From 2014-2022, prior to launching RegenIntel, Chad was the co-author the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin, 2017), and the lead researcher and architect of the Drawdown Solutions Framework, the engine underpinning the book, the Drawdown Review (February, 2020), and all communications and engagement efforts at Project Drawdown, one of the world’s leading resources for climate solutions. Leading a global team of solutionists, Chad designed integrated global tools 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 gasses begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. As the creator and head of Drawdown Solutions since Project Drawdown’s inception, Chad was the key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of the Drawdown Solutions Framework to the world.
Chad’s interdisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, informs his work as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to human and planetary well-being.
Osprey Orielle Lake
Executive Director - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Osprey Orielle LakeExecutive Director - Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International dedicated to accelerating a global women’s climate justice movement.
She works nationally and internationally with grassroots, BIPOC, and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a decentralized, democratized energy future.
Osprey serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, the Steering Committee for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and is the author of the award-winning book,"Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature."
Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)
Diné Nation - Speaker, Activist, Grandmother
Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)Diné Nation - Speaker, Activist, Grandmother
Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining, is of the Diné Nation (often known incorrectly as "Navajo), and was also adopted into the Lakota Spiritual way of Life.
She is a mother, grandmother, activist, artist, and international speaker. She identifies as a "radical bridger" of worlds and paradigms, with a focus on sharing from her own deep inquiry into Thriving Life Paradigm: "How do I become that being, that human, whose presence and way of being supports and causes all other life to Thrive?"
She calls upon her lived experience from her indigenous cultures to make hypotheses and proposals to "Modern World Paradigm" as all of humanity is faced with its current crisis of relationship, with ourselves, with each other, and with the Earth.
Raizal, Afro-Caribbean : Activist / Environmental Engineer / Filmmaker / Impact Storyteller - If Not Us Then Who?
Yurshell RodriguezRaizal, Afro-Caribbean : Activist / Environmental Engineer / Filmmaker / Impact Storyteller - If Not Us Then Who?
Yurshell Rodríguez is part of the native Afro-Caribbean Raizal ethnic group from the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina Islands, Colombia. She is an Environmental Engineer from the National University of Colombia. She is a climate activist, researcher, and plaintiff in the first climate change and future generations lawsuit in Latin America.
Yurshell has been dedicated from a very young age to the protection and conservation of ecosystems, and participating in activities to protect the environment. In 2018, with other 25 young plaintiffs and the NGO Dejusticia, they sued the Colombian government to stop deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and won the lawsuit. By the end of 2020, the Providence island was largely destroyed by Category 5 hurricane Iota, worsened by climate change. Yurshell is currently in Providence island, supporting her post-hurricane community by delivering donations with the FiProvidence Youth Network and working with the National University of Colombia in the Caribbean with the student community on the island.
Yurshell also works with If Not Us Then Who? as an Impact Storyteller and Filmmaker.