Session II: Start with People: Americans and Climate Culture, Ambition, Politics, Ethics

COVID-19 has demonstrated that we can address big problems with solutions of scale, quickly. We have the technology, policies, and financial resources to effectively reverse climate change in the next few years. But, how do we build public support and political will with a sense of responsibility for all people in ways that are transformational vs. incremental?

Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University

About Katharine:

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is an endowed professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.
Geof Rochester
GRC Advising

About Geof:

Geof Rochester runs GRC Advising, a social purpose marketing firm guiding for profits and non-profits on optimizing their messaging and strategy. Prior to that he was Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer of the Nature Conservancy where he was responsible for steering the organization’s marketing, membership and visibility strategies. Geof has a deep and varied marketing background which includes positions as Executive Vice President for Marketing at World Wrestling Entertainment and Senior Vice President for Marketing at Showtime Networks. He has also held positions at Comcast Communications, Radisson Hotels International and Proctor and Gamble. Born in Barbados, Geof is a graduate of Georgetown University, and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Seth Goldman
Founder + Chief Change Agent
Eat the Change

About Seth:

Seth Goldman is Founder of Eat the ChangeTM, a platform to inform and empower consumers to make dietary choices aligned with their concerns around climate and health. Seth is also the Co-founder of Honest Tea and Chair of the board of Beyond Meat. He has been widely recognized for his entrepreneurial success and impact, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington, the Washington DC Business Hall of Fame, Beverage Industry magazine’s Executive of the Year, Beverage World’s #1 Disruptor and Partnership for Healthier America’s CEO of the Year.
Bishop Staccato Powell
Board of Bishops African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

About Staccato:

In July 2016 at the Fiftieth General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staccato Powell was elected the One Hundred and Second Bishop in the line of succession in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ). As the prefect of his episcopal class, Powell was the first Bishop elected from Eastern North Carolina since the venerable James Walker Hood in1872. As the Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District, Bishop Powell’s episcopal leadership spans the Alaska, California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon-Washington and Southwest Rocky Mountain conferences. With more than 40 years of experience in evangelism, ecumenism, and ecclesial growth, Bishop Staccato Powell, undeniably understands the desires and needs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Bishop Powell hails from Hallsboro, North Carolina where he accepted the call to ministry at age 16. Soon after, at age 18, he received his first assignment to pastor. Bishop pastored in several churches...