Stubborn Climate Optimists
Global Optimism was founded by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac after
leaving the UNFCCC, having secured the historic, unanimous signing of the Paris
Agreement by 195 countries.
Our work is defined by a spirit of Stubborn Optimism, a mindset based on grit and
determination in the face of difficult systemic changes. We must cut global emissions
by half between 2020 and 2030, eventually reaching net zero by 2050 and this is
undeniably the greatest challenge in human history. But it is also our greatest
opportunity. We work to inspire and catalyse stubborn optimists around the world, to
rise to the next level of our abilities, because it’s necessary to do so, and because
together, we can.
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 until 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub- national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2C.
Tom is a Founding Partner of Global Optimism and works across the portfolio of engagements and initiatives. He has spent 20 years working at the intersections of international diplomacy, energy policy and climate change in business, non profit, financial services and international institutions.
MARINA MANSILLA HERMANN
Marina is Chief of Staff to Ms. Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and Convenor of Mission 2020. In this role, Marina supports Ms. Figueres across all her engagements and in the broader global effort to peak greenhouse emissions by 2020.
Sharon brings more than two decades of strategic communications, movement building and campaigns experience to Global Optimism’s work. She has consulted to FTSE500 CEO’s, driven programmes for global philanthropic foundations and built civil society campaigns across climate change, gender equality, digital inclusion, human rights and access to justice.
Lara is the Executive Assistant to Tom Rivett-Carnac. Prior to this role, Lara was the Programme Manager of a small, international charity providing a platform to grassroot initiatives that reduce or mitigate the effects of climate change.
Sara is a Senior Advisor of Global Optimism and directs its collaboration with Amazon on The Climate Pledge. Sara specializes in private sector and government climate ambition. She helps them adopt goals aligned with climate science that aid rapid clean energy transition and the development of innovations essential to a zero-carbon future.
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change.
Clay Carnill is the producer of Outrage and Optimism, our weekly Climate Change Podcast.
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