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The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the priorities of governments, corporations and citizens globally, but it has also reinforced the need to immediately address climate change. What important lessons have we learned and what solutions can we begin to implement now in the fight against global warming?

On July 21, Bloomberg convened a virtual event to mark the launch of the inaugural issue of the Bloomberg Green Magazine, a collector’s volume of premier climate journalism. The event highlighted some of the top features from the magazine and Bloomberg Green journalists discussed the most pressing climate news you need to know now.

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Marcelia Freeman

Senior Vice President, Capital Development, ESG

EIG Partners

Ms. Freeman is a Senior Vice President and a member of the Capital Development Team where she focuses primarily on new business generation and relationship management. Prior to joining EIG in 2015, she was a Director at WL Ross & Co. and Invesco Private Capital, where she was responsible for sales along with product development and product management. She had also been a Director within Invesco Institutional Sales, advising public pension plans in the southeastern United States. Prior to Invesco, Ms. Freeman worked at JPMorgan Chase in a number of roles, including within the firm’s Office of the Chairman and within the JPMorgan Private Bank. She received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated with summa cum laude honors from Florida A&M University with a B.A. in Finance.

The Honorable Al Gore

Co-Founder and Chairman

Generation Investment Management

Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best-sellers ''An Inconvenient Truth'' and ''The Assault on Reason,'' and the best-sellers ''Earth in the Balance,'' ''Our Choice: A Plan To Solve the Climate Crisis,'' ''The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,'' and most recently, The New York Times best-seller ''An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.'' He is the subject of the documentary movie ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' which won two Oscars in 2006 -- and a second documentary in 2017, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Director of Climate Policy

Roosevelt Institute

Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute. Before joining Roosevelt, Gunn-Wright was the policy director for New Consensus, charged with developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. Previously she served as the policy director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, was a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and served on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Dr. Lucas Joppa

Chief Environmental Officer

Microsoft

Dr. Lucas Joppa leads sustainability at Microsoft, as the company’s first Chief Environmental Officer. In this role, he works to advance Microsoft’s core commitment to sustainability through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a combined background in both environmental science and data science, Lucas is committed to using the power of advanced technology to help transform how society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources. He founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program in 2017—a five-year, $50-million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. With a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University and extensive publication in leading academic journals, such as Science and Nature, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accreditedvoice for sustainability in the tech industry. In addition to formerly serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained U.S. National Climate Assessment, Lucas is an Associate Editor in Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s EcoSphere journal and an honorary Fellow at the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). He serves on the boards of leading scientific organizations, such as NatureServe and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) Director’s Council at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to his current role, Lucas was Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Scientist and led research programs at the intersection of environmental and computer sciences in Microsoft Research, the company’s blue-sky research division. He remains an active scientist, speaking frequently on issues related to Artificial Intelligence, environmental science, and sustainability. Along with his Ph.D., Lucas holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Malawi.

Melanie Nakagawa

Director of Climate Strategy

Princeville Capital

Melanie is the Director of Climate Strategy based in Washington, DC. Before Princeville Global, Melanie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation at the U.S. State Department. She helped countries implement clean energy commitments and led engagements in high growth markets such as India and Morocco. Melanie has worked with emerging and established companies around the world to advance solutions to climate change. Prior to her most recent role, Melanie served as a strategic advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. In that role, in addition to her policy work, she spearheaded engagements with the private sector that focused on climate investment and addressing climate change. Melanie served as the Senior Energy and Environment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a global environmental organization. She is currently a non-resident Fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, a Stimson Center’s Loomis Innovation Council Member, and on the Advisory Board of REVERB. Melanie lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two sons. Melanie is an avid runner and hopes to complete her 7th marathon soon. She has a J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service, and an A.B. from Brown University where she was a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Chairman, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

London School of Economics

Lord Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He was President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-19) and President of the British Academy (2013- 2017). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He has held academic appointments in the UK at Oxford, Warwick, the LSE and abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the Peopleʼs University of China in Beijing. He was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003. He was knighted in 2004, made a cross-bench life peer in 2007 and appointed Companion of Honour in 2017 for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change. Lord Stern was Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-2005; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa from 2004-2005; Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006; and Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for COP26 of the UNFCCC. He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles. His most recent books are “Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change” (MIT Press, 2015) and “How Lives Change. Palanpur, India and Development Economics” (with Himanshu, JNU, and Peter Lanjouw, Free University of Amsterdam) published by Oxford University Press in 2018.




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