DRAWDOWN at COP23
I produced a side event for Project Drawdown at COP23 in Bonn. As a mother, stepmother and grandmother working for our children’s future, it was my honor to introduce this distinguished panel of speakers.
Chad Frischmann is the Vice President & Research Director at Project Drawdown, where he leads the Drawdown Coaltion, Senior Research Team, and Fellowship Programs. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation.
Chad brings over 17 years of experience in program management and strategic leadership to the team. He has been with the organization since its inception in 2014, working as both head of research and operations. Previously, Chad also was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.
João Pedro Gouveia is Senior Research Fellow for energy solutions and is an Environmental Engineer with a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. He also works on energy and climate topics, modeling energy systems, and related economic and policy analysis at the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of NOVA University of Lisbon.
João is the first author of several peer-reviewed publications and international conference presentations.
Pedro Paulo Diniz is an agroforester, businessman, and former Formula 1 racing driver. Pedro transformed his family farm into Fazenda da Toca, a large-scale organic farm in Brazil’s São Paulo state, and one of the country’s leading producers of organic eggs and fruits. The farm makes use of agroforestry methods to grow a variety of trees that help to balance required biomass production with the nutritional needs of crops and animals.
Pedro looks at Fazenda da Toca as a replicable model for large-scale egg and fruits production using ecological methods. He is hopeful that through large-scale organic and biodynamic production of healthy plant and animal products, the farm will become a catalyst for sound rural development and environmental regeneration in Brazil and beyond.
Theresa Theuretzbacher is a director of research and development at the Climate Foundation, and is currently based in Norway. She leads research and development projects including The Blue Economy Challenge and the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge: Delhi. Within the North American Partnership on Environmental Community Action Grant and the Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge, she was involved in the development of a proposal for innovative and affordable water and sewer systems including designing the Biochar Sanitation System for homes in rural Alaska.
Theresa studied Water Management and Environmental Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. She gained experience in solving problems of specific local water, waste and sanitation challenges in several projects in rural Ghana, Alaska and DR Congo. In Ghana she proposed a sustainable village development plan and collaborated on the implementation of a solar powered water supply system. The project was awarded the Bauhaus Solar Award (distinction) and the National Energy Globe Award Ghana.
Joanne Schanté is the co-founder of Open Team and Director of Scale School. Joanne is a French-American engineer by training, passionate about the climate, social innovation and supporting the scaling of social enterprises throughout the world. Her career switch from a corporate role and has turned her passion into her profession as an entrepreneur, connector and enabler. She directs the social enterprise Open Team which she co-founded in 2015 with Sokha Hin following the COP20 in Lima.
OpenTeam provides a framework and tools for social entrepreneurs to help them build collaboratively a more sustainable and balanced future, and scale their impact locally.
Drawdown banner at COP23
I created a banner inspired by Drawdown and OpenTeam, offering free logo placements to small non-profits who are engaged the process of carbon drawdown. The banner was sponsored by Fazenda da Toca, Terra Genesis International, Nutiva and Dr. Bronner’s.
Andreas Kuhlmann – Germany
Chad Frischmann – U.S.A.
João Pedro Gouveia – Portugal
Pedro Paulo Dinez – Brazil
4 for 1000 banner at COP22
I created a banner commemorating the Declaration of Intention of the Consortium, which was signed by Ministers of Agriculture from around the world who were in attendance.
Stéphanne Le Foll—French Minister of Agriculture in all Hollande governments, in charge of reforming the Common Agricultural Policy.
Paula Triviño — Tarradas-Project Manager at the European Conservation Agriculture Federation, Spain
Tabaré Aguerre — Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Uruguay
Walter Oyhantçabal— Director of Climate Change Unit for the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Uruguay
DOSSO née KONE Bassiné — Technical Advisor for Communication and Agricultural Promotion, Ivory Coast
Professor Lhoussaïne Elrhaffari — R&D Services et Produits de Terroirs et des écosystèmes, Morocco
Gabrielle Bastien — Director Soil4Climate, Canada
Laureate of “100 Projects for the Climate”
with support from the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea
Continuing the momentum of COP 21, “100 Projects for Climate” aims to boost the emergence of citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming. This new participatory step, building on the value of the Paris Climate Conference, will enable the most innovative solutions from the world to become reality.
~ French Ministry of Ecology
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