Addressing the climate crisis will require the concerted and collective efforts of passionate citizens activating their communities to transform global politics and secure lasting change. We spoke with champions of global climate movements to explore how we may chart new paths towards action, unpack the challenges that arise along the way, and share key insights on what it takes to mobilise effective movements. From the financial industry to democratised renewable energy, and youth activism – we will consider what it takes to create grassroot-up climate action strategies to build a more sustainable tomorrow.
Harriet Lamb is the CEO of Ashden and co-author of ‘From Anger to Action.’ Harriet joined Ashden in May 2019, taking responsibility for developing and implementing the organisation’s ambitious new strategy to tackle climate change. Harriet was CEO at peacebuilding organisation International Alert and spent 15 years leading Fairtrade in the UK and globally. She has always worked for NGOs with a focus on international development, peace and the environment. She worked in the UK on refugee and low pay issues and lived in India for six years. Her first book Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles was published in 2008, and her second book From Anger to Action: Inside the Global Movements for Social Justice, Peace and a Sustainable Planet will be released in June 2021. She was appointed a CBE in 2006. She is a cycling obsessive who loves gardening and walking her dog.
Mark Campanale is the Founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative and conceived the ‘unburnable carbon’ capital markets thesis. He commissioned and was editor of Unburnable Carbon – Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble? in November 2011. More recently, Mark co-founded ‘Planet Tracker’ which focuses on agriculture, seafood, forestry, water and textiles. Mark is responsible for management strategy, board matters and developing their capital markets framework analysis. Their goal is to align capital markets with natural ecological limits to growth. Prior to forming these groups, Mark had twenty five years experience in sustainable financial markets working for major institutional asset management companies. Mark is a co-founder of some of the first responsible investment funds firstly at Jupiter Asset Management in 1989 with the Ecology Funds, NPI with Global Care, the AMP Capital Sustainable Future Funds, and Henderson Global Investor’s Industries of the Future Funds.
Mark served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003). Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum (UKSIF), 1990-2006, a member of the Advisory Board of the New Venture Philanthropy’s ‘Conservation and Markets Initiatives’; is Hon Treasurer of The Rainforest Foundation UK and on the Development Board of the Ashden Awards. Mark is an advisor to Consilium Capital, to Faith Invest and serves on the Advisory Board of Tribe Impact Capital. Additionally, Mark is Visiting Lecturer at the Master’s Course of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Agamemnon Otero has a wealth of experience in community energy policy, finance, project development, management, and operations. He helped launch UK industry advocacy body Community Energy England, and draft the Europe’s first national community energy strategy. He projected managed energy coops Brixton Energy 1, 2, & 3, Banister House Solar and Vauxhall Energy. He is currently CEO of London’s largest community-owned solar project, Energy Garden. Previously, he was Director for Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at a financial institution and CFO for a renewable energy trading company. In 2014, he was made a London Leader; in 2016, he was awarded an MBE for services to community energy in the UK; and in 2017, he was named one of the 51 Most Impactful Green Leaders globally by CSR Congress. He is frequently asked to speak about sustainable, low-carbon economies and has a master’s degree in Architecture: Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in Pre-Medicine, Literature and Fine Arts. His story is featured in the documentary “We the Power”, which has over 1 million views in its first month.
Clover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the Founder and Executive Director of Force of Nature. Force of Nature is a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Through virtual programmes, they empower young people in 50+ countries to cultivate mindsets of agency, purpose and resilience; and work with decision-makers across business, policy and civil society to drive intergenerational solutions.
Clover has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, and consulted within the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies. She launched the Force of Nature podcast, serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory boards of the National Community Lottery’s Climate Action Fund; the Teach the Future campaign; and the COP26 President-Designate Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council.