58 minutes | Apr 20, 2021

Grace Spring Forum Online with Ellie Cohen

The vital signs of the planet – CO2, global temperatures and sea levels rising – are telling us that it is in the midst of a medical emergency. What does it mean to be a human being on Earth when every living system is declining, and the rate of that decline is accelerating? What is our role in setting the planet on the path to healing? Ellie Cohen is the CEO of The Climate Center, and a leader in catalyzing cross-boundary, collaborative, and just responses to the climate crisis. She is leading the campaign to help California, the world’s fifth largest economy, serve as a model for the rest of the country and the world. Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation in advance of Earth Day about where we are today, where we need to be tomorrow, and how we’re going to get there. About the guest Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center, is a leader in catalyzing cross-boundary, collaborative, and just responses to the climate crisis. She oversees the statewide Climate-Safe California campaign to achieve net-negative emissions by 2030, to capture more carbon than we are emitting, catalyzing the nation and the world into accelerated climate action. Ellie served as President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science for 20 years where she and the organization’s 160 scientists developed climate-smart conservation solutions for wildlife and people. Under her leadership, the organization grew five-fold to a workforce of 200 and was invited as an Observer NGO to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. An honors graduate of Duke University (botany) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP), Ellie has received numerous accolades including the Beyond Duke Alumni Award for Service and Leadership (2019), the National Park Service Pacific West Region Partnership Award (2018), and the Bay Nature Environmental Hero Award (2012). Ellie currently serves as an appointed member of the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission. You can follow Ellie on  Twitter and LinkedIn.
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