The #WeDontHaveTime Climate Conference

Welcome to the world’s first  public no-fly global climate conference held on-line on Earth Day 22nd of April 2018. On this site you could watch the conference afterwards and read more about the key-note speakers.

Reality - Ring the Alarm Bell Loud and Clear 3.00 PM (15:00) CEST 
Here facts, statistics, climate effects and risks are presented and discussed. We strive to highlight the severity of the issue. We establish the connection between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, between rising temperatures and abnormal weather phenomena, we also highlight the risks of reaching “tipping points” and discuss the potentially disastrous effects of failing to halt global warming.

Solutions - for the climate crisis 4.45 PM (16:45) CESTHow do we reduce emissions? How do we change consumption, transportation and production to meet our goals? What policies and international agreements would be most effective? How do we speed up the transition to green technology? How can corporations create best practices and compete through sustainability?

Action - for a Global Climate Movement 6.00 PM (18:00) CESTIt is clear to us that the warnings from the scientific community need to be backed by a much broader movement –  and We Don’t Have Time want to play a fundamental role in creating this movement. The conversation will be about how to raise awareness about climate change and how do we reach out to politicians, business leaders, religious leaders with demands for change.

#WeDontHaveTime puts you in control

The aim of We Don’t Have Time is to become the world’s leading social media network focused on the fight against climate change. Join the movement by reading our manifest follow the blog and taking action or simply just enjoy seeing our impact and reach here.

Web site: http://wedonthavetime.org

Speakers

Jeffrey D. Sachs (US)
American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Towards a sustainable, global economy

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

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Dennis L. Meadows (US)
American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management

Realistic/“alarmistic” about the severity of the issue

Dennis L. Meadows is an American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management, and former director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New Hampshire. He is President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning and widely known as the co-author of The Limits to Growth.  Dennis Meadows received a BA from Carleton College, a Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and holds four honorary doctorates. He started working at the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1960s. From 1970 to 1972 at MIT he was director of the "Club of Rome Project on the Predicament of Mankind". Further on Meadows has been a tenured professor in faculties of management, engineering, and social sciences. For many years he was the director of a graduate program based in business and engineering. He has facilitated workshops and developed innovative and complex strategic games all over the world for decades. In addition, Dr. Meadows has lectured in over 50 countries. He has been the Director of three university research institutes: at MIT, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. He is the Past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the International Simulation and Games Association. He has been a corporate board member and a consultant for government, industry and non-profit groups in the U.S. and many countries abroad. He co-founded the Balaton Group, an international network of over 300 professionals in over 30 nations involved in systems science, public policy and sustainable development. In the year 2008 he supported the project GPSO. He has received numerous international awards for his work, including the Japan Prize in April 2009

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Pam Pearsson (US)
Founder and Executive Director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI)

The situation in Antarctica

Pam Pearson is a former U.S. diplomat with 20 years’ experience working on global issues, including climate change, non-proliferation and various initiatives on the environmental and social policies of the multilateral development banks. She served in postings to Ecuador, Sweden, Norway and several of the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, designing some of the very first environmental health programs there. She was part of the Kyoto Protocol negotiating team. From 1999-2003 Pam was counselor and acting deputy ambassador to Norway, and served as the United States focal point to the Global Fund on AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis from 2003-2005. She resigned in 2006 in protest over changes to U.S. development policies, especially related to environmental and global issues programs. From 2007-2009, she worked from Sweden with a variety of organizations and Arctic governments to bring attention to the potential benefit of reductions in short-lived climate forcers to the Arctic climate, culminating in Arctic Council ministerial-level action in the Tromsø Declaration of 2009.

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Stuart Scott (US)
Founder and President of Transition University

What is the root of the hybris that makes individuals and institutions think that we can survive independent of a healthy planet?

Stuart Scott is a dedicated, life-long lover of Nature, Stuart was the first environmentalist stockbroker on Wall Street in the late 1970s, representing the financial community at US Department of Energy hearings on the fledgling alternative energy industry, and matters of pollution control and corporate social responsibility.

Stuart is currently making presentations to audiences around the world on the impacts of climate change and counter measures to this most serious challenge that humanity has ever faced. He attempts to minimize his own ‘carbon footprint’ in any way possible, including the purchase of carbon offsets for his travel, a ‘second-tier’ but important piece of the de-carbonization puzzle.

The unwavering message Stuart presents is the critical need for immediate action at all levels. Globally we have strayed too far into a condition of ‘overshoot’ in stressing the ecological systems of our home planet. The solutions he offers to address our ecological problems range from personal through political to societal, both easy and difficult to implement, and often thought-provoking, innovative, and unusual. Our challenge is nothing short of rethinking and reorganizing the way we live on Earth.

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Peter Carter (Canada)
Founder of the Climate Emergency Institute

Climate Change Awareness and Action for Our Common Future Survival

Dr Peter Carter is founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. He has served as an expert reviewer for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth climate change assessment in 2014. He has also presented on climate change issues – especially the implications of global climate change on food security for the world’s most vulnerable regions and populations – at science and policy conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He is a former family and emergency medicine practitioner.

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Smart Chukwuma Amaefula (Nigeria)
CEO, Climate Transformation and Energy Remediation Society (CLIMATTERS)

Climate Change and Local Food Challenges and Solutions in Nigeria

Smart Chukwuma Amaefula is a Climate Change Expert/Environmental Activist. He’s the Programme Coordinator, Climate Transformation and Energy Remediation Society (CLIMATTERS), a Non-Governmental Organization with the mandate to raise the standard of adopting innovative best practices with evidence based solutions in solving the climate crises and improving the quality of our environment. Amaefula was trained in Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, Israel in May 2016 on “Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Regional Development” and was also conferred with the status of a “Climate Reality Leader” in November 2014, upon his successful training in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Climate Change by Climate Reality Project, a US-based Non-Governmental Organization chaired by former US Vice President, Al Gore. Amaefula served as a Senior Programme/Research Assistant at Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Abuja. He was involved in the joint intervention of CSJ and Heinrich Boell Stiftung, a German Green Foundation in the Green Deal Nigeria Project. Amaefula is a member of Global Network that champions the course of Climate Change and Renewable Energy. He led a team of researchers to conduct a research on “Socio-Economic Impact of Solid Waste Management in Abuja Municipal Area Council”. The research shows that, informal waste recycling in Abuja is a huge revenue generation, provides employment and improves living standard of operators.

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Ingmar Rentzhog (Sweden)
CEO WeDontHaveTime

A social network for climate action

Founder and CEO of WeDontHaveTime. Also founder of the financial communications agency Laika Consulting. Board member at Biostock, Trygghetsspar, Svenska Bostadsfonden Management and Naventus Corporate Finance. Member of Al Gore’s organization Climate Reality Leaders and member of the European Branch of The Climate Reality Project: The Team provides important support to strengthen positive European policy efforts on the EU level. The Climate Reality Project was founded by Al Gore: "We’re bringing the world together to cut carbon pollution and create a healthy, prosperous future powered by clean energy". Awared one of the swedish newspapers Veckans Affärer’s “super talents”.

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Cathy Orlando (Canada)
Citizens' Climate Lobby

A case study on how to build political will for carbon pricing one community at a time

Cathy Orlando has put her words to work for the climate by getting letters and opinion pieces published in newspapers in every province in Canada. When she’s not safeguarding the climate alongside the best volunteers on the planet, you can probably find her stargazing, dancing, reading books not about climate change, hanging out with her husband Sanjiv, and mothering her three cherished daughters. Cathy is National Director: Canada's Citizens Climate Lobby at Citizens' Climate Lobby.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.

In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.


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Richard Bergfors (Sweden)
CEO MAX Burgers

Our not-so-secret recipe for a greener future

Richard Bergfors is CEO of Swedish burger chain MAX Burger.

As you all know by now, to solve the environmental challenges we need to work together.

The production of beef is a major contributor to the emission of greenhouse gases. But we have realised that as the world is changing and we become wiser, you have to adapt. If you’re a part of the problem, you need to be part of the solution. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to quit eating burgers. Just find a better way.

In 2008 we decided to become the first restaurant chain in the world to label our products with their carbon footprint and to compensate for the total chain of production. Since then we’ve planted over 1.4 million trees in Africa to bind carbon dioxide.

And in 2016 we decided to extend our menu with more greener options. Burgers made from beans, vegetables and Halloumi cheese. Today one out of three of our meals sold are without red meat. But that is not enough, we pledge that by 2022 that should be every other.

But we are only one Swedish burger chain. Tiny from a global perspective. Imagine what kind of change we could achieve together.

Burger colleagues of the world please join us in rethinking the burger. Here we share the recipes of our tremendously popular green burgers. Please feel free to copy, you can name them whatever you want. Or just get inspired. For a better taste, for a better world.


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Elizabeth Woodworth (Canada)
Writer on climate change science and activism

How the Media Has Stolen Our Time and Game Changers for Survival

Elizabeth Woodworth is a writer on climate change science and activism, publishing on Global Research, co-author of Unprecedented Climate Mobilization, and co-producer of the COP21 video “A Climate Revolution For All.”  She is author of the popular handbook on nuclear weapons activism, “What Can I Do?” and the novel, The November Deep. For 25 years, she served as head medical librarian for the BC Government. She holds a BA from Queen's and a Library Sciences Degree from UBC.

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Robert Falck (Sweden)
CEO and founder

The Transport industry is about to change fundamentally

Robert Falck is a serial entrepreneur who started and operated a number of companies, such as The Great Wild and Keyflow. Former Head of Manufacturing Engineering at Volvo PTP. Worked for Chalmers University of Technology in Silicon Valley 

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Tove Ahlström (Sweden)

Tove Alhström has over 15 years experience in sustainability work. Her ability to lead change and deep knowledge of drugs, environment, climate and social responsibility has contributed to sustainable development, ranging from small and large companies to public administrations. Tove is trained by Al Gore and ranked in 2015 as one of the world's most influential Climate Leaders. Tove comes from Apotea, Sweden's only online pharmacy, where she, as Sustainability Manager, introduced a groundbreaking retrieval process of leftovers, phased out microplasts throughout the range, established a partnership with WWF, resulting in 1.5 million kronor collected for the organization and being the driving force behind the construction of Sweden's largest roof-mounted solar cell facility. By the year 2017, Tove was one of three finalists in Sweden's best sustainability manager and in 2018 she was on the list of the country's 101 sustainability stewards.

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Rituraj Phukan (India)
Chief Operating Officer at Walk For Water

The severity of the India water-crisis

Rituraj Phukan is a Mentor & Presenter with The Climate Reality Project headed by the former US Vice President Al Gore. He also represents The Climate Reality Project India as the District Manager for Northeast India. In 2013, Rituraj was a member of the International Antarctic Expedition led by Polar explorer Robert Swan, the first man to have walked to both the poles, completing a personal leadership and environment sustainability program called ‘Leadership on the Edge.’ On the 2nd of March, he was the only one to raise the support banner for the Pacific Warriors Day of Action at Antarctica, urging world leaders to act on climate change before it was too late for the 14 low-lying Pacific Island Nations threatened with submersion by rising sea-water levels. He has also traveled to the Canadian Arctic on an Earthwatch expedition called ‘Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge’ to participate in ongoing citizen science research about the impacts of warming on the fragile arctic ecosystems, while based at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Besides spearheading the grassroots nature conservation activities of Green Guard Nature Organization, Rituraj also works with various organizations & initiatives like the Sanctuary Asia Kids for Tigers program.

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Dan Old (UK)
Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager and Adviser at Purposeful.Money

Could your investments be damaging the planet?

Dan Old is founder, Portfolio Manager and Adviser at the U.K. financial advisor firm Purposeful.Money. How would you feel if the money in your pension or ISA was being used to support things that conflicted with your values? The most common investments capitalise on tobacco, fossil fuels and the like, so it’s very possible.  And perhaps they’re profitable. But we ask: at what cost? Perhaps portfolios like these establish a short-term financial legacy… but what of the long-term legacy of the planet?
Money talks, lets make it say something good.

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Hanna Lindquist (Kenya)
Communications & Growth Manager

Carbon free offset & micro-investments in solar

Hanna Lindquist has a background in civil society and politics. With vast experience in grass-root campaigning, building organizations, brand development, and influencing public opinion it's easy to say that Hanna love developing things and accelerate growth in any way possible. By joining TRINE Hanna got to combine her passion of making impact while building a more sustainable world in every way possible - environmentally, economically and socially. TRINE is an investment platform that enables private individuals to invest in off-grid solar energy. The investments are then turned into a loan to a solar energy company that provides the over 1 billion people without access to electricity with clean, affordable energy. Triple impact - people, planet, profit, is at the heart of everything that TRINE does.

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Christofer Friberg (Sweden)
Vice President Corporate Affairs - Energeotek Group

Making the fossil industry switch to fossil free drilling

Cristofer Friberg is a strategic and visionary with substantial operational experience in leading and developing businesses in all stages of both small and highly innovative as well as in global companies. International leadership roles in Marketing, Business Development, Communication, Investor Relations, Strategies and general Management involving state-of-the-art new products and solutions in the areas of Telecom/Multimedia technologies in the TIME-sector and Sustainability- and Cleantech-solutions.

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Maria Mähl (US)
Director Arabesque

What impact can the financial community have?

Maria Mähl is a Director with Arabesque whose expertise lies at the intersection of sustainable finance and corporate sustainability. Her current focus at Arabesque is in business development for North America and the Nordic Region. Maria has worked with global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on investments strategies, operational excellence, program development and business development across industries in European, Asian, African, and American markets. Maria attended Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University in Sweden and holds a B.Sc. in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Business and Economics.

"Sustainable investing is the future. Today, we build tomorrow.

Prior Positions

Senior Manager, Clinton Global Initiative
Management Consultant, Health Navigator
Strategy Consultant, Capgemini Consulting
Supply Chain Management, Volvo
Private Equity and Venture Capital, Alpha Nordic Ventures
Program Development, United Nations

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Anders Wijkman (Sweden)
Co-president of the global think tank Club of Rome

Transformation vs Incrementalism

Anders Wijkman is a Swedish opinion leader and author. Since 2012 he is co-president – together with Professor Ernst von Weizsäcker – of the global think tank Club of Rome. In 2017 he was appointed chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – a major public-private partnership at EU level for the promotion of innovation of a low-carbon society. Since 2015 Anders is a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) – a UN appointed expert body ”to build and share the knowledge needed to improve the use of our resources worldwide”. The Panel´s goal is to steer us away from overconsumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous and sustainable future. Anders is also chair of the Association of Recycling Industries in Sweden, member of the board of SIDA (the Swedish International Development Authority), member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and one of the members of the World Future Council.

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Daniel Lundh (Sweden)
Founder AidBox.org

Offset your carbon footprint from emails for charity

Daniel Lundh is Chair and co-founder of a non-profit organization that is working for making the world a better place. Aidbox is a new digital media space that will revolutionize the way to market online. An email signature for a good cause. Pledging a large portion of our revenue to charity.

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Helena Lindemark (Sweden)
Founder, 2022 Initiative Foundation

Helena Lindemark is founder of the 2022 Initiative Foundation. The primary purpose of the 2022 Initiative is to accelerate sustainable development in line with the UN Global Goals. The year 2022 is halfway to 2030 since the agreement on the Global Goals and the Climate Agreement in Paris. The year 2022 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on sustainable development, held in Stockholm in 1972. The Foundation will support initiatives for sustainable development based on a holistic perspective, including social, economic and ecological aspects. Initiatives supporting cross-boundary collaborations, between disciplines, sectors of society, generations and actors from business, academia, civil society and the public sector will be prioritized. Our base is Sweden but as our challenges are global we welcome international solutions. Helena Lindemark’s focus on sustainable development started in 1991 and includes the UN, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), EU and the private sector.
 

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Peter Wadhams (UK)
Professor of Ocean Physics, University of Cambridge

Peter Wadhams's first degree was a BA (Hons.) in Physics at Churchill College, Cambridge. While at college he was an assistant on the "Hudson-70" Expedition, an 11-month Canadian cruise which accomplished the first circumnavigation of the Americas. This included multidisciplinary oceanographic and marine geophysical work in South Atlantic, Antarctic, Chilean fjords, S and N Pacific, Beaufort Sea and NW Passage.

From 1970-74 he studied for a PhD at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge on "The effect of a sea ice cover on ocean surface waves". His PhD was awarded in April 1974. From 1974-75 Peter was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, Victoria, B.C., Canada, working on sea ice structure and dynamics in the Beaufort Sea and the impact of oil spills.

In January 1976 Peter returned to Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, initially as a Senior Research Associate (Principal Investigator for Office of Naval Research). From 1981 he was an Assistant Director of Research; from 1987 to 1992 Peter was Director of the Institute. From 1992 he was a Reader in Polar Studies, and in 1994 was awarded a ScD (Cantab) for published work. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Ocean Physics.

In January 2003 the Sea Ice and Polar Oceanography Group moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge - with an observational science section based in the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (DML), Oban, Scotland.

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Julia Messelt (Sweden)
TV Host

Conference host

Julia Messelt is a TV host and TV producer with a environmental and climate background. She has won the price; Environmental Journalist of the year as well as the famous Swedish TV price Kristallen.

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Martin Hedberg (Sweden)
Meteorologist

Conference host

Martin Hedberg is a meteorologist and entrepreneur living in Stockholm with a piece of forest holding in Jämtland, Sweden. Martin had 700-800 public lectures about climate change since 2001, corresponding to approximately 1% of the Swedish population.  Martin previously worked as a meteorologist in the Swedish Air Force and at Sveriges Television (Swedish Public Service TV).

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How can you guarantee the conference is fossil free?

  1. No one and we really mean no one gets to fly to the conference.
  2. The carbon footprint from hosting, energy consumption of the actual conference as well as the few team of hosts and guest that will attend the actual studio production, as well as the food and beverage to be served during these four hours will be calculated by our partner Trine and the offset will be done in a solar energy project of theirs, see jointrine.com.
  3. All transport is either done by bike/electrical vehicle by our local partner MoveByBike or commuting with public transport. If any fossil fueled vehicle is used it will be carbon offset by our partner Trine.
  4. Food and beverage is done by catering from food waste catering firm Sopköket. We serve food and drinks that would have otherwise gone to waste.

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