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13/06/20

June 13 2020, New York City – With 100 days to go until Climate Week NYC (September 21-27), The Climate Group has today announced its first raft of speakers for the Opening Ceremony, which includes a stellar lineup of global business leadership committed to building a better future.

Speakers include Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Office at Unilever; Fiona Reynolds, CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment; and Zhenguo Li, Founder and President of LONGi Group. They will address the world at the Opening Ceremony on September 21, to officially launch the start of Climate Week NYC – one of the few international climate events going ahead this year. They will also be joined by speakers from ENGIE and Walmart.

In September when the world’s focus shifts onto how we rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic, Climate Week NYC will explore what lessons we can learn in a pursuit of a net zero future that leaves no one behind. To accommodate the challenges and current uncertainties, The Climate Group will launch a digital platform that will host all major Climate Week NYC events to ensure that delegates and speakers can join irrespective of any travel restrictions in place at the time.

Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, said:

“The Race to Zero is on. In 2020 Unilever reached its RE100 target of achieving 100% renewable power worldwide. We are working hard to achieve our Science Based Targets of zero emission operations by 2030. But to achieve the 1.5 degree ambition of the Paris Agreement we all have more work to do. As the world recovers from the COVID-19 crisis, Climate Week NYC will provide an opportunity to showcase ambitious climate leadership to ensure that we not only bounce back, but rather leap forwards to a more resilient, inclusive, zero-carbon economy.”

Climate Week NYC provides an opportunity to hear news and announcements from business, government and civil society, and this year will continue to host exceptional voices of change and action. Previous speakers include the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden, President Jovenel Moise of Haiti, President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada and Former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Registration to host both physical and digital events as part of the official Climate Week NYC events program has also opened today, and invites organizations, communities and individuals who are keen to showcase global climate action to get involved. Last year, over 350 events took place throughout New York City as part of the official program, which included everything from film screenings and panel discussions to nature walks and theatre shows.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of international non-profit The Climate Group, said:

“Climate Week NYC has never been more needed, and our “For New York, For The World” approach has never been more timely. As the world works to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis, we need to develop new approaches that help economies recover while also halving emissions by 2030. By bringing together thought leaders and decision makers we will have the critical conversations that will explore how we can support each other through a just transition to get the world on track for a net zero economy. We must have the big conversations and do the hard work now to shape the coming years, even if much of it cannot be in person.”

Further updates on Climate Week NYC speakers and the events program will continue to be announced in the coming months.

 

Notes to Editors

Media registration for the Opening Ceremony is now open. Separate media registration for The Hub Live will open shortly.

Please contact media@theclimategroup.org for more information. For all other media enquiries, including interview requests, please contact:

- North America/US Communications: Ming Liu, mliu@theclimategroup.org

- Global Communications: Katie Rogers, krogers@theclimategroup.org

About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is the time and place where the world gathers to showcase amazing climate action and discuss how to do more. Run by The Climate Group, in association with the United Nations and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC annually brings together voices from across the spectrum to debate and implement climate action now.

Climate Week NYC 2020 Sponsors

ENGIE Impact, The Hub Live Sponsor; Unilever, Platinum Sponsor; Walmart, Platinum Sponsor; LONGi Group, Platinum Sponsor; AT&T, Silver Sponsor; Morrison & Foerster, Silver Sponsor; and Signify, Supporter Sponsor.

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change, take innovation and solutions to scale, and build ambition and pace. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition. Visit TheClimateGroup.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup and Facebook @TheClimateGroup.

12/06/20

Climate Week NYC 2020 Calls on the Global Community 

June 13, 2020 – New York, NY – With 100 days to go until the biggest climate event of 2020, today Climate Week NYC launches registration for organizations, communities, and individuals to be part of the official events program. Taking place September 21-27, Climate Week NYC 2020 is the time and place for the world to come together and drive momentum for action.

To accommodate the challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19 and the international travel bans in place, The Climate Group will host key elements of the Climate Week NYC events on a digital platform to be broadcast globally. In 2020 the events program will comprise of digital events from around the world as well as physical events in New York City where possible.

Adam Lake, Head of Climate Week NYC, said: “Climate change isn’t a single issue, it is something that touches every part of our lives. That is why the events program represents the beating heart of Climate Week NYC, bringing together a diverse range of hundreds of events hosted by New Yorkers, for New Yorkers and now, the global community. As we look ahead and ask ourselves how we can build a better future that leaves no-one behind, it is our mission to create a platform where every voice is heard. Through supporting digital events as part of the program this year, we hope to make it as easy as possible for everyone to be a part of the conversation and part of the change that needs to happen.”

As we shift the focus to green recovery and building a better future through a just transition, Climate Week NYC aims to engage more New Yorkers and the wider global audience to address environmental justice, youth activism, jobs and the economy, and climate impacts and adaptation.

How to take action:

  • Host an event: Organizations can become an event host to encourage climate action. From panels to art shows, seminars to exhibitions, the entire New York City (and now global) community can be involved in showcasing the unstoppable momentum of global climate action. To become an official part of Climate Week NYC, register your event here.
  • Join our community: For the third year, local New York City businesses can be a part of Climate Week NYC by registering to be a part of the ‘Climate Action is Our Business’ campaign. This initiative brings together the local business community to showcase the sustainable steps business are taking to address the climate crisis.
  • Attend an event: Last year, Climate Week NYC was host to over 350 events. Diverse events range from comedy shows, panel discussions, ballet, art exhibits, and city tours. A full events program will be published in July and updated throughout the summer.

Climate Week NYC events will be categorized into ten thematic areas:

  • Clean Energy Transition
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Industry and Built Environment
  • Finance, Investment and Jobs
  • Food and Land Use
  • Nature and Science
  • US and International Policy
  • Youth, Public Mobilization and Justice
  • Sustainable Travel and Tourism 
  • Climate Impacts and Adaptation

Hosted in association with the United Nations and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is one of the few international climate events going ahead this year, which makes it even more critical to involve the global community. 

As the world focuses on how we build a better future, Climate Week NYC 2020 will explore what lessons we can learn in our pursuit of a net-zero future that leaves no one behind.

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12/06/20

To celebrate 100 days until #ClimateWeekNYC, we've pulled together a list of the top 100 inspiring Twitter accounts using the platform to fight for a net zero future.

Admittedly, selecting the top 100 Twitter accounts from across the globe that you can follow to be informed, engaged and excited about climate action was not an easy task. Given the diverse range of actors – journalists, politicians, scientists, campaigners, etc – in the climate space, we decided to sort alphabetically by name – not in order of preference.

Whether we got it right or missed out your favourite climate tweeters, let us know your thoughts at @ClimateGroup.

Akshat Rathi (@AkshatRathi)

A self-described ‘nerd’, Akshat Rathi covers climate news and issues for Bloomberg News. Rathi comments on climate, science and current affairs in the framework of classic social media jokes (see recent ‘asking for a friend’ content if you don’t believe us).

Alexandria Villanseñor (@AlexandriaV2005)

Alexandria Villaseñor is part of the new wave of youth climate activists at the grassroots Fridays For Future movement, and founder of the Earth Uprising movement. Alongside many of her peer group, Villaseñor communicates about climate change as an ethical and political issue, so expect to see commentary on current affairs and the political agenda.

Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman)

Alexander Kaufman is an award-winning journalist and a Senior Reporter at HuffPost, where he’s on the climate and environment beat. He frequently provides a climate angle to current affairs in his tweets and doesn’t shy away from calling people out when needed. He also uses his platform to share opinions and insights from other significant voices.

Al Gore (@algore)

Former Vice President of the United States and Founder and Chair at The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s status as one of the most-followed climate activists on Twitter is no surprise. Giving impassioned speeches wherever he goes, Gore has inspired millions with his message of the need for climate action.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)

US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of New York's brightest stars – advocating for large-scale action through a Green New Deal to tackle the climate crisis without leaving communities behind. Her impassioned speeches within the House of Representatives go as viral as her Instagram policy explanations and campaign coverage. Breaking us into the political world of the US, AOC is a must-follow.

Alice Bell (@alicebell)

As if being Co-Director at the climate change charity, Possible, and author of Can We Save the Planet? doesn’t take up enough of her time, Alice Bell also has another book coming out next year on the history of climate change. She’s an avid tweeter and funny to match.

Alok Sharma (@AlokSharma_RDG)

President of COP26 and Secretary of State for the BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) Department in the UK Government, Alok Sharma has a fair amount of work on his hands. Keep an eye on his account for announcements on climate policies as well as British government news.

American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH)

We may not be able to get out and about at the moment, but the American Museum of Natural History still welcomes us inside through interactive videos on their website. Their Twitter account is always promoting new talks and events, as well as ways to get involved in campaigning for our environment. Follow to stay informed!

Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt)

Amy Westervelt is co-host of the Hot Take podcast alongside Mary Heglar, which they describe as a ‘no-bullshit look at the climate crisis and the climate conversation’. In addition, she runs Drilled News, which investigates the climate action that *isn’t* happening. From close scrutiny on leaked corporate documents to flinging jibes at climate deniers, Amy’s tweets have it covered.

Andrew Revkin (@Revkin)

Andrew Revkin is the founding director of the Communication and Sustainability initiative at Columbia University's Earth Institute, which aims to cut climate risk by bridging gaps between science and society. Having just launched the Sustain What webcast covering sustainability in year of COVID-19, Andrew’s feed is indispensable for understanding contemporary issues and options on climate.

Aruna Chandrasekhar (@aruna_sekhar)

Aruna Chandrasekhar is an independent journalist with features in The New York Times, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed. She tweets several times a day, updating her followers on climate and the environment, with a focus on coal - particularly its links to colonialism and indigenous lands.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (@ayanaeliza)

As founder of both the Ocean Collective and the Urban Ocean Lab, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson’s tweets on climate solutions typically possess a marine-inspired twist. Johnson declares herself ‘madly in love with nature and climate solutions’ – and we are madly in love with her for having ‘instigating dance parties’ listed on her website under ‘areas of expertise’.

Bill McKibben (@billmckibben)

Author and founder of the 350.org climate campaign – the first global citizens movement to combat climate change, Bill McKibben leads the way in commentary and insight relating to the fossil fuel industry and the reduction of carbon emissions. His new book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? draws on his experience building 350.org and reflects on ways out of the situation we’re in.

Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN)

Bill Weir is the Chief Climate Correspondent for CNN. His posts often present a refreshing mix between informative articles, on-the-ground reports, and engaging interaction with others – as well as recent photography from the streets of New York.

Catherine Brahic (@catBrahic)

Catherine Brahic is the Environment Editor at The Economist and was instrumental in the introduction of its first climate newsletter, ‘The Climate Issue’, which launched at the end of last year. She shares compelling graphics on greenhouse gas emissions, excerpts from her published material, and recommendations for further climate-based reading.

Chaitanya Kumar (@chaitanyakumar)

Chaitanya Kumar is head of environment and green transitions at the New Economics Foundation think-tank, as well South Asia campaign leader at 350.org. He works to spread valuable information on the use of economic levers to tackle environmental breakdown.

Chris Stark (@ChiefExecCCC)

Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change in the UK. His Twitter account is everything you’d want it to be: links to engaging articles, advice on building a low-carbon economy, and sarcastic quips at climate sceptics. If you’re interested in British climate policy, don’t miss this guy.

Christiana Figueres (@CFigueres)

Christiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Founding Partner of the Global Optimism campaign, co-host of the fabulous Outrage & Optimism podcast and co-author of The Future We Choose. She leaves no approach untested in reaching out to new and different audiences to talk about climate action. We cannot say she didn’t warn us – and we must heed her well-written and oft-spoken words while we still have the chance.

Chuck Nice (@chucknicecomic)

Climate change might not be funny, but Chuck Nice manages to explore it with humor. Looking at climate change through a comedic lens allows people a route into a subject that many find tough to break into (and brings those of us in the sector a little light relief).

Claire O’Neill (@ClaireClimate)

While Claire O’Neill may no longer be the COP26 President, she has continued to be a critical voice and steady commentator on the COP process and the development of climate negotiations – a must-have for a Government that has many issues on its plate.

Climate Reality Africa (@AfricaCRP)

The African Climate Reality Project works with governments, NGOs and scientists across Africa to support leaders who mobilize communities to find solutions to climate change. Their feed promotes the necessity of climate action.

COP26 (@COP26)

This is the official Twitter account for the next UN climate change conference, COP26, due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021. While it’s a good place to find updates and news about the conference, their feed is also full of broader climate related content – you’ll even find the occasional odd quiz!

Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington)

Damian Carrington has been The Guardian’s Environment Editor for over ten years, writing nearly 2,000 stories for the newspaper and playing a huge part in building awareness of environmental issues. Carrington is a respected and trusted voice to follow.

Daniel A. Zarrilli (@dzarrilli)

Daniel A. Zarrilli is New York City's Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director. In the last five years, he has positioned NYC as the global leader in the fight against climate change. His feed will keep you up to date with the goings on in the city that never sleeps, from policy news to announcements. And you'll also be treated to some wonderful nature photography shot #onStatenIsland, where he lives with his family.

David Roberts (@drvox)

The field of climate reporting is evolving, and David Roberts has witnessed this evolution over the course of his career in journalism. Currently a climate and energy reporter at Vox, Roberts is keen that the media provides an inclusive and accurate portrayal of climate change. Roberts’ distinctive style will lighten up your feed once you start to follow him.

David Vetter (@DavidRVetter)

David Vetter is a Senior Contributor to Forbes’ environmental section. His feed is mainly comprised of articles which highlight the urgent need to develop large-scale systems for reducing our collective carbon footprint, and he himself is a great writer of engaging content on the issues of our day.

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (@DSCEJ)

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region. An important organization using its social platform to raise awareness of the disproportionate effects of climate change on minority communities and to champion diverse voices.

Doug Parr (@doug_parr)

Doug Parr is Greenpeace UK’s Chief Scientist and policy guru – as a go-to climate commentator, you’ll find him quoted in a broad spectrum of news outlets on an almost daily basis. Often tweeting links to articles and reports, his feed helps to filter through what’s worth reading that day.

Earthjustice (@Earthjustice)

As an environmental law organization, Earthjustice is the self-proclaimed group of “lawyers for the environment.” Their work is reflected in their Twitter feed, often covering the intersection of racial justice and environmental issues. The Earthjustice feed is helpful to learn more about the components of a just transition.

Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins)

Ed Hawkins is the designer of two of the world’s most recognized data visualization graphics: the viral climate spiral and now famous stripy graphics showing the average temperature from 1850 to 2018 all over the world. Hawkins has done more than most in the field of communicating climate change and was awarded for his work with an MBE in the UK 2020 New Year Honours.

Dame Ellen MacArthur (@ellenmacarthur)

Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005 when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. However, far from settling down to a quiet retirement after a stellar sailing career, she then founded the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which works to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design and build a positive future circular economy. Her tweets regularly link to useful resources, so get following!

Emily Atkin (@emorwee)

Emily Atkin does not hold back – as the author and founder of HEATED, a daily newsletter and podcast that she describes as being “for people who are pissed off about the climate crisis,” her tweets shine light on important issues without mincing any words. Follow for hot takes and explicit language.

Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus)

Dubbed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘the rebel nerd of meteorology,’ Eric Holthaus is a weatherman who will tell you what others won’t. Currently working for The Correspondent, Holthaus ties his weather reports to the warming planet – something you don’t see many of his peers doing.

Farhana Yamin (@farhanaclimate)

In April 2019, Farhana Yamin demonstrated her dedication to environmental matters by gluing herself to Shell’s London headquarters to protest the oil company’s poor record on climate action. Oh, and she also has three decades of experience as an international environmental lawyer, authored several books and IPCC reports, and was massively involved in drawing up net-zero emissions by 2050 into the landmark Paris Agreement. No big (green new) deal!

Dr. Fatih Birol (@IEABirol)

Dr. Fatih Birol is an energy expert who has never driven a car. He has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) since September 2015. Expect to see a lot of interesting IEA analysis, reports and content being shared from his account, as well as the occasional sports tweet – he is an ardent supporter of Turkish soccer team Galatasaray after all.

Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim (@fortuashla)

Co-Director of Green New Deal UK, Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim is a climate activist with impressive credentials to boot. As well as mobilizing young people around climate change, she was also one of the lead organizers of the People's Climate March that brought more than a million people onto London’s streets ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit and again in the run-up to COP21.

Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin)

As a climate scientist and self-confessed ‘occasional author,’ Gavin Schmidt is an expert on all things climate. He tweets well-informed thoughts on current environmental issues, which are often supported by engaging and dynamic infographics.

Gernot Wagner (@GernotWagner)

Gernot Wagner’s Twitter bio simply calls himself a climate economist but make no mistake – he has plenty more strings to his bow. When he’s not tweeting interesting articles and opinions (he’s not afraid to get political), you’ll find him teaching at NYU’s Department of Environmental Studies or writing for Bloomberg Green’s Risky Climate Column. Oh, and he also co-authored the book, Climate Shock.

Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn)

Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. Their account will inform you on issues related to extreme poverty, including its links to climate. Their platform encourages you to take action through petitions, emails and tweets, and to connect with others who care about the same issues.

Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg)

The 17-year-old activist has taken the international environmental scene by storm, organizing the school climate strike movement, Fridays For Future, which saw millions of students across the globe skip school to address the existential crisis. Now considered a pivotal leader in the climate regime, ‘how dare you’ not follow her?

Haven Coleman (@havenruthie)

Meet the 14-year-old activist taking politicians to task over climate change. Haven Coleman is speaking up against climate injustice in the US and you’re going to want to listen to what she has to say. As her pinned tweet says, “Most kids pick a sport or instrument, instead I chose to save the world. Whose [sic] with me?”

Heather Clancy (@greentechlady)

GreenBiz's Editorial Director, Heather Clancy, is an award-winning business journalist specializing in coverage of transformative technology and in translating tech-speak into business benefits. One of her favorite writing topics is entrepreneurs who have climate action at the center of their business, so expect to find tweets that inspire and show the positive side of climate leadership.

Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi)

Hiroko Tabuchi is an investigative reporter on The New York Times’ climate desk. While her articles tend to focus on the fossil fuel industry, her Twitter feed covers a broader array of environmental, social and political issues.

Isra Hirsi (@israhirsi)

Isra Hirsi is the inspirational 17-year-old co-founder of the US Youth Climate Strikes. She utilizes her large following to share her experience as a young woman of color in the climate justice movement and seeks to amplify diverse voices in the climate scene.

James Murray (@James_BG)

James Murray is the Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen – he launched the site over a decade ago – and is one of the UK’s leading commentators on the low carbon economy. His tweets are written in the same style as his articles and popular daily newsletter – that is to say, full of razor-sharp insight and acerbic wit.

Jamie Margolin (@Jamie_Margolin)

Jamie Margolin is a climate justice activist. Between founding a youth climate coalition, organizing a national climate march, writing her book, Youth to Power, and going to high school, the 18-year-old still finds time to post insightful and useful content on her social channels.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (@JPvanYpersele)

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is a Belgian physicist, climatologist and academic, and has previously held the position of vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Tweeting in both French and English, he’s dedicated to policy-neutral and relevant assessments of climate issues to advance humanity.

Jerome Foster II (@JeromeFosterII)

Climate justice activist, Founder and Executive Director of youth voting and advocacy organization, OneMillionOfUs, and organizer of Fridays For Future, are some of the many accomplishments under Jerome Foster II’s belt. Earlier this month, this rising star interviewed actress Jane Fonda for Grist, where they talked about the past, present and future of activism in America and across the world.

Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov)

Former – and much-loved – Governor of California, Jerry Brown, has recently been appointed as the Under2 Coalition’s new Global Ambassador to work with states and regions on enhancing their climate goals. With a political career spanning 50 years and environmental concerns high on his agenda, Brown’s expert commentary on US policy makes him a useful figure to follow.

Joel Makower (@makower)

Joel Makower is an award-winning journalist and chairman & cofounder of leading media and events company GreenBiz. With over 30 years of experience in sustainable business and the clean economy, Joel is able to speak on many environmental issues.

Justin Worland (@JustinWorland)

Justin Worland is a writer for TIME magazine, covering energy, environment and climate. In his own eloquent words: “Climate change touches everything. Our food. Our politics. Immigration. How we think about our economy.” Expect more powerful messages you’ll want to retweet. Also, as he’s keen to point out – he’s not as serious as his Twitter photo suggests.

Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff)

Kate Aronoff is a staff writer at The New Republic focusing on climate and challenging the fossil fuel industry – and she’s definitely not afraid to tweet her mind. If you’re looking for different and thought-provoking commentary and resources on these issues, she’s one to follow.

Dr. Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel)

As a climate scientist, you wouldn’t necessarily expect Dr. Kate Marvel to have also mastered the art of storytelling – but you’d be wrong. Her tweets cut through misinformation about climate change in a beautifully succinct and compelling way.

Kate Raworth (@KateRaworth)

Kate is a renegade economist, passionate about making economics fit for tackling the 21st century's grand challenge of meeting the needs of all people within the means of the planet. She is known for her work on 'Doughnut Economics,’ a visual framework for sustainable development, and has a knack for making complex things simple.

Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe)

Professor Katherine Hayhoe is one of the world’s leading climate scientists and Director at the Texas Tech Climate Center. She talks eloquently about the alignment of climate campaigning and her Christian faith and co-wrote the book, A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. Hayhoe gives talks on climate science, how to communicate it, and the way it intersects with her faith – most of which you find online. She’s one to follow.

Laurence Tubiana (@LaurenceTubiana)

Laurence Tubiana is an economist and diplomat, as well as the CEO of the European Climate Foundation and a Professor at Sciences Po. Tubiana describes herself as ‘attached to the spirit’ of the Paris Agreement, which greatly understates her role as France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for the 2015 COP21 conference in Paris, where she was a key architect of the Agreement.

Leah Namugerwa (@NamugerwaLeah)

Leah Namugerwa is one of many Friday For Future activists calling for urgent climate action, striking every Friday and giving rousing speeches in cities across Uganda: “If adults are not willing to take leadership, I and fellow children will lead them.” Clearly possessing a way with words, Leah’s account is worth a follow.

Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio)

The Oscar-winning actor may often play unconventional parts in his films, but there is nothing unconventional about his contributions to the climate movement. A United Nations representative on climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most active celebrities promoting environmental awareness.

Lisa Friedman (@LFFriedman)

Climate change reporter for The New York Times, Lisa Friedman creates a feed of amazing climate action articles from colleagues and peers across the States. She herself has an incredible career of climate coverage, and her NYT profile describes her as having chased climate-related stories from the bottom of a Chinese coal mine to the top of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains.

Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson)

Lisa P. Jackson is Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. Her feed showcases stories on racial equality, environmental work and news from Apple.

Lucas Di Grassi (@LucasdiGrassi)

Brazilian Formula E founding member and racing champ, Lucas Di Grassi has been a Clean Air Ambassador of the UN since 2018. Speaking at Climate Week NYC last year, he believes the future belongs to electric cars – on the road and on the racetrack.

Lucy Siegle (@LucySiegel)

British journalist and writer on environmental issues, Lucy Siegle’s Twitter feed provides eye-opening commentary on all issues related to the environment, social justice and ethical consumerism. She tweets about the health of the ocean and sustainable fashion, to current affairs and politics.

Mark Chambers (@growacity)

As the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Mark Chambers always impresses Climate Week NYC attendees with his passionate speeches on his fight for climate action. Follow him to stay updated on all things green in New York City!

Mary Annaïse Heglar (@MaryHeglar)

Mary Annaïse Heglar co-hosts the Hot Take podcast alongside fellow list-featured Amy Westervelt. The podcast is described as a “no-bullshit look at the climate crisis and the climate conversation,” and Mary’s tweets are no different, often sharing hard-hitting truths on the climate emergency.

Mary Nichols (@MaryNicholsCA)

The pun-ny proclamation of ‘air-head’ in Mary Nichols’ Twitter bio couldn’t be further from the truth. As Chair of California’s Air Resources Board, there is nothing silly about what she does, which is why she has become widely recognized as California's clean air warrior.

Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann)

Michael Mann is the Director of Earth System Science Center and professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University. A distinguished scientist and professor, he was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Holding a wealth of knowledge on climate-related matters, it is no wonder that Michael is able to share his thoughts to the tune of 153,000 followers.

Mikaela Loach (@mikaelaloach)

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist forming half of The Yikes Podcast, where she and her trusty co-host Josephine Becker seek for hope in global events that make you say ‘YIKES!’. Her posts advocate for sustainability with inclusivity, anti-ecofacism, and anti-racism.

Mike Scott (@mikescottgreen)

Mike Scott is a writer specializing in business and environment issues, with contributions to the Financial Times, Forbes, The Guardian, and others. He mixes snapshot analysis from environmental-related developments with insightful commentary at the intersection of business and climate.

Mindy Lubber (@MindyLubber)

Mindy Lubber is the CEO of sustainability non-profit Ceres, aiming to move markets and drive solutions in a green-oriented direction. A self-proclaimed sustainability warrior, she utilises Twitter as a tool to fight for a cleaner future.

Mothers of Invention (@MothersInvent)

A podcast series starring women who are leading the fight against climate change. They say that climate change is a man-made problem with a feminist solution – listen to the podcast to learn why. Find great resources and hot takes on their Twitter timeline.

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali (@EJinAction)

Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali fights for economic equity and climate justice. He frequently shares videos to educate his audience on environmental racism, social justice, and isn’t afraid to get political. A must follow for those who want to learn more on how to be an intersectional environmentalist!

Nada Farhoud (@NadaFarhoud)

Nada Farhoud is the first – and current – Environment Editor at UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, putting a greener, cleaner country at the forefront of the newspaper’s agenda. If her illustrious accolades as Science and Environment Journalist of the Year aren’t enough to win you over, then her string of exclusives and weekly column surely will.

Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein)

Naomi Klein is the internationally renowned author of the bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Klein actively tweets about the global fight to keep climate change on the political agenda. Her commentary of our current COVID-19 crisis, and the links to climate, is not to be missed.

Nat Bullard (@NatBullard)

Chief Content Officer at BloombergBNF, Nat Bullard is another list member who has graced the stages of Climate Week NYC in recent years. However, he features on this list for his regular tweets featuring well explained graphs, memes and the odd putdown. Keep on keepin’ on, Nat.

Nigel Topping (@topnigel)

Nigel Topping is the United Nations High-Level Champion of United Kingdom, currently leading the Race To Zero global campaign to mobilize cities, regions, businesses and investors to join the Climate Ambition Alliance. With previous experience in brake pad manufacturing, hopefully Nigel can decelerate a climate catastrophe!

NYCgo (@nycgo)

Official Guide to New York City and Partner of Climate Week NYC, NYCgo point to green attractions within the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. From the green-minded Empire State Building to the eco-friendly Brooklyn Children’s Museum, this comprehensive guide has got you covered.

Ocean Conservancy (@OurOcean)

The Ocean Conservancy creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Their twitter feed is full of interesting articles, news coverage and beautiful pictures of our oceans.

Patricia Espinosa (@PEspinosaC)

As Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa’s tweets raise awareness on all things climate-related, along with information about the UN’s own efforts. A regular participant in Climate Week NYC, Espinosa is one to follow for up to date content from the climate world.

Paul Polman (@PaulPolman)

As the former CEO of multibillion-dollar consumer goods company Unilever, Paul Polman has a wealth of experience in effectively addressing the climate issue through the lens of business. Since his time leading Unilever, Polman has moved on with his plan to fix the world with the formation of a new group – IMAGINE – which seeks to help companies meet UN global goals for sustainable development.

Pia Heidenmark Cook (@PiaHCook)

Chief Sustainability Officer at RE100 partner IKEA Group, Pia Heidenmark Cook is tasked with leading sustainability professionals and experts across markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Having previously lectured on sustainability related topics, Pia can definitely teach us a thing or two through Twitter.

Pilita Clark (@pilitaclark)

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and columnist at the Financial Times with a primary focus on climate change and modern corporate life. She brings her extensive previous experience as an aviation and environment reporter to create an informative Twitter feed, which she supplements with articles on big climate stories.

Rachel Kyte (@rkyte365)

Rachel Kyte is Dean at The Fletcher School: a role she perceives as “investing in tomorrow’s leaders today.” Why not enroll yourself to her Twitter feed, where you’ll be able to learn about climate, energy, and sustainable development?

Rhiana Gunn-Wright (@rgunns)

Rhiana Gunn-Wright has made use of her experience working with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal by currently championing bold policy reforms at The Roosevelt Institute as the Director of Climate Policy. Soberly titled as one of the top women fighting to end climate change by TIME magazine, Rhiana also happens to be occasionally hilarious on Twitter.

Richard Black (@_richardblack)

Director at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Richard Black’s tweets largely commentate on matters relating to climate and energy. The mastermind behind the #RoadToGlasgow hashtag, Black also authors a monthly email with the subject line. He’ll be keeping climate whizzes on their toes in the coming months.

Dr. Robert D. Bullard (@DrBobBullard)

Dr. Robert D. Bullard is known as the ‘Father of Environmental Justice.’ He is also an award-winning author, with over 18 published books. He tweets about the intersection of climate change and social justice, focusing on important issues in the movement that many are not writing about.

Safia Minney (@SafiaMinney)

Safia Minney is a social entrepreneur, most notably recognised for her role as CEO of the company she founded, People Tree. A pioneer of sustainable fashion, Safia shares valuable insights on the impacts of consumer-led culture on the environment.

Shivya Nath (@shivya)

Shivya Nath is an environmentalist, writer, and founder of The Shooting Star Collection - a sustainable clothing brand that raises funds to grow forests in Uttarakhand. Tweets aggregate a diverse spread of climate content, including sustainable travel, conservation and animal rights.

Dr. Simon Evans (@DrSimEvans)

As the Deputy Editor and Policy Editor of Carbon Brief, following Dr. Simon Evans will equip you with all the climate and energy facts and stats you need to debunk the arguments of any sceptic. He’s also been shortlisted by the Association of British Science Writers for the Innovation of the Year Award for his article, co-authored with colleague Rosamund Pearce, on ‘How the UK transformed its electricity supply in just a decade’.

Somini Sengupta (@SominiSengupta)

In her role as the international climate reporter for The New York Times, Somini Sengupta reports on the existential threat that climate change poses on the most vulnerable communities and landscapes. Her coverage has seen her win a George Polk Award in journalism, demonstrating her skill to communicate with meticulous details.

Stephen Lacey (@Stphn_Lacey)

As the founder of audio production company Post Script Audio, it’s with little surprise that Stephen Lacey has immersed himself in three successful podcasts; Lacey is a co-host at The Energy Gang and The Interchange, which focus on energy-related topics, and his most recent audio venture is as a show runner on the Climate 2020 Podcast, which seeks to place the climate crisis at the top of 2020 presidential election agenda.

Suzanne Dhaliwal (@zoozanne)

Suzanne Dhaliwal is a climate justice activist, research fellow at the University of Brighton, and founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which campaigned against the insurance sector underwriting coal and tar sands projects. A master of many trades, Suzanne was listed as one of the most popular voices on the environment by the Evening Standard, which makes her a must-follow account.

Svein T Veitdal (@tveitdal)

Svein T Veitdal is the Director of Klima2020, an organization providing advice to local authorities and businesses on green business development. Expect thoughts and news on climate, renewable energy and nature from the former UN Director.

Tamara Toles O'Laughlin (@Tamaraity)

Tamara Toles O'Laughlin is a writer, environmental law and regulation analyst, and the North America Director at 350.org. An advocate for end of fossil fuel harm, she provides followers with news tweets and links on environmental action.

The Climate Museum (@ClimateMuseum)

The Climate Museum is a non-profit in New York City that runs amazing campaigns to inspire climate action with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. Directed by the inspiring Miranda Massie, this is an account to follow to stay in touch with New York City, even if we can’t get out and about at the moment.

Tom Rivett-Carnac (@tomcarnac)

You just can’t separate Tom Rivett-Carnac and Christiana Figueres! First, they form the environmental services company Global Optimism as founding partners, and here they find themselves as allies once again on our trusty list. Aiming to “inspire and catalyse stubborn optimists around the world,” Tom Rivett-Carnac is the co-author of The Future We Choose and co-host of Outrage and Optimism podcast, which converts outrage on the climate crisis into productive optimism.

UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC)

The official twitter account of UN Climate Change (in English), this is your one stop shop for climate commentary. If you follow just one account today, let it be this one. Engaging content, quotes from every famous person you could possibly want, and jazzy designs make the UN Twitter feeds one of our favourites.

Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash)

Vanessa Nakate was inspired to take action when climate change impacted the agriculture industry in her home country of Uganda. Deciding that she needed to do something about it, she founded the 1 Million Activist Stories project, which explores and shares the experiences of global climate activists.

Vic J. Barrett (@vict_barrett)

Vic J Barrett is one of 21 plaintiffs suing the federal US government for violating the constitutional right to a healthy climate system, as the executive branch continue to promote fossil fuel production and release greenhouse gas emissions. Alongside climate activism, look out for thought-provoking tweets relating to systemic injustices, inhumane migrant treatment, and Indigenous land dispossession.

We Mean Business (@WMBtweets)

As The Climate Group is a founding member, we have a small bias towards the We Mean Business coalition. The coalition was established to promote climate action undertaken by businesses, and over the last five years has showcased some amazing achievements. Including the work of BSR, CDP, Ceres, CLG Europe, The B Team, WBCSD and, of course, The Climate Group, it’s the account to follow if you’re interested in the role of business in climate action.

Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28)

BuzzFeed reporter Zahra Hirji normally delves into the variety of activity that takes place in the world of science. But given current events, Hirji is now on the climate beat, with her attention now firmly on the relationship between COVID-19 and climate change.

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