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Author: Carolyn Whelan

Carolyn Whelan

Carolyn is a writer, editor and analyst who covers the nexus between business and social justice issues. She broke into journalism at the Rio Earth Summit where she interviewed Al Gore and environmental pioneer David Brower. Topics covered since then range from climate change and higher education costs to drugs pricing, geopolitical strife, business ethics, artificial intelligence, gene editing, alternative energy and the search for good jobs -- and innovation in all these areas. Her pieces, reported from Europe, the US and South America have appeared in Fortune, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and SciAm.com. Previously she worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Barrons.com, Columbia Business School, WWF, the UN and PwC. Carolyn is fluent in French and Spanish and resides in Brooklyn.

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20 People Helping Cool the Planet by 2050

20 People Helping Cool the Planet by 2050

As the world races to rein in carbon emissions by the globally agreed climate change tipping point of 2050, many in government are helping curb fossil fuel use by more than their fair share. Who

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2050: R. Krishna Mohan – The Roof Cooler

2050: R. Krishna Mohan – The Roof Cooler

What is your job?  Chief Resilience Officer, Chennai, since July 2017. I lead The Chennai Resilience Office and the development of the city’s Resilience Strategy, which we launched in June 2019. Day-to-day, I facilitate collaboration

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2050: Arron Wood – The Renewables Weaver

2050: Arron Wood – The Renewables Weaver

What is your job?  Director of External Affairs at The Clean Energy Council. It is, quite possibly, the best job in the world. I lead national policy and advocacy to accelerate the renewable energy transition

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2050: Le Vu Hoang Trang – The Paper Slayer

2050: Le Vu Hoang Trang – The Paper Slayer

What is your job?  I am the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Official in Da Nang City, Vietnam. My main responsibilities are coordinating international cooperation projects and guiding climate change policymaking. As such, I facilitate

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2050: Verania Andria – The Solar Weaver 

2050: Verania Andria – The Solar Weaver 

What is your job?  Senior Advisor for Sustainable Energy, UNDP Indonesia. I supervise our energy portfolio. I also advise management on new initiatives and help mobilize resources to support Indonesia's clean energy and climate agenda,

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2050: Damilola Ogunbiyi – The Robin Hood of Energy

2050: Damilola Ogunbiyi – The Robin Hood of Energy

What is your job?  CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL); Co-Chair, UN-Energy. I develop global efforts to close energy access gaps by showing that a just

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2050: Nada Majdalani – The Peacemaker

2050: Nada Majdalani – The Peacemaker

What is your job?  Co-director, Ecopeace Palestine since 2017. With my peers in Jordan and Israel, we work on trans-boundary and cross border energy and climate security. How are you helping cool the planet through

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2050: Didier Sian – The Forester

2050: Didier Sian – The Forester

What is your job?  Secretary General of the Green Heart Foundation, an NGO, and Head of the Public Procurement Department at the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, and at the Ministry of Hydraulics,

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2050: Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr – The Metrics Tracker

2050: Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr – The Metrics Tracker

What is your job?  I am the Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. In this role I strive to ensure that our economic development plans address any potential effects of climate change on the residents of

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2050: Diego Mesa – The Creative Financier

2050: Diego Mesa – The Creative Financier

What is your job?  Minister of Energy and Mines, Colombia. I am responsible for the design and implementation of Colombia’s energy, petroleum, and mining policy. This includes managing an annual budget of $1.5 billion and

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