My Big Green Cape: Tips from Everyday Climate Superheroes

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Experts from climate organisations discuss the tools which will affect positive change every day. Part of Raindance Film Festival.

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Climate change is a fact. What can we do when our governments don’t do enough? Experts from climate organisations discuss the tools which will affect positive change every day and help our planet right now.

From local initiatives to individual efforts, we are reminded that no action is too small.

Speakers: Emma Thornton, Youth 4 Nature; Fernando Morales de Rueda, Youth 4 Nature

Hosted by Jo Benn, The Nature Conservancy

About the Speakers

Emma Thornton:

Emma Thornton is a Project Manager with the environmental consulting firm Energy Solutions and a Coordinator for Youth4Nature. At Energy Solutions, she manages a program delivering energy efficiency across the Northeast United States and provides data analysis and software management expertise.

She is also a co-founder and Department Representative for the company’s Environmental and Social Justice team. Outside of work, Emma isinvolved in various projects at Youth4Nature with a particular focus on USA mobilization and private sector engagement to combat the linked climate, ecological, and humanitarian crises.

She graduated from Northeastern University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and expertise in natural sustainability and environmental justice. Prior to her current position, Emma worked at Oxfam, Ceres, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Environment America, and the Northeast Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with her kitten Kari and perhaps one too many plants.

Fernando Morales

Fernando Morales is a young climate activist and environmental scientist at Granada University. Fernando specializes in landscape restoration, leading nature-based restoration projects in southern Spain, helping communities transform desertified-lands into healthy and productive landscapes.

In addition, Fernando keeps his research at the cutting edge of the restoration economy in Latin America working with the non-profit organization Regenera Hub and as global ambassador for Youth4Nature. Prior to her current position, Fernando participated in various green entrepreneurship programs at Babson College (USA), Impact Hub (Italy) and Creative cities (Belgium) to strengthen his business skills for environmental impact. As a strong believer in the power of positive-thinking He envisions a world with intergenerational justice and nature as part of the solution for climate recovery.

About the Host

Jo Benn specialises in communicating and campaigning on international environmental issues. She currently works as the Director Comms for Special Projects The Nature Conservancy alongside her role as Editor-In-Chief for Nature4climate – an initiative aims to increase investment and action on natural climate solutions in support of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Having lived and worked in seven countries, Joanna considers herself very much a ‘global citizen’. She began her career as a broadcast journalist and has since worked for various non-governmental organisations, for think tanks, the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as for international news networks and print outlets.

Event in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

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