Building Environmental Resiliency: The Road to COP26 and Beyond

September 29, 2021 12pm ET

Extreme temperatures and weather events continue to accelerate, causing insurmountable damage that we know will only get worse for future generations. The recent release of a landmark climate report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and remarks from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres calling the report a “code red for humanity”, sound the alarm for urgent action.

The current decade offers us a crucial opportunity and a pivotal moment on the road to achieving net zero global carbon emissions by 2050. The social impact sector offers a glimmer of hope, and new data-driven interventions and strong data partnerships show the potential of further innovation for future sustainability.

In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, is hosting an in-depth dialogue featuring awardees of the Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, Community Lattice, BASE, and Solar Sister, to discuss how they are harnessing data science for innovation in the face of climate change. We’ll discuss their work in high impact areas including sustainable redevelopment projects, farm management solutions that improve food security and reduce emissions, and the deployment of clean, last-mile energy products.

Speakers will provide actionable insights from their projects that speak to how data-driven interventions and strong partnerships can help reduce carbon emissions and protect communities most at risk from the harm of climate change.

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Danielle Getsinger is the co-founder and CEO of Community Lattice, a consulting firm specialized in using data science to overcome environmental barriers to community revitalization. Danielle is a licensed Professional Geologist with about 15 years of experience working on complex environmental issues ranging from technical assessment and cleanup of brownfields to community-wide strategies for addressing environmental injustice, climate adaptation, and resiliency.

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Thomas Motmans

Senior Sustainable Energy Finance Specialist

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)

Thomas Motmans is a senior sustainable energy finance specialist at BASE with experience in South America (Colombia, Brazil), the Caribbean, Africa (Rwanda, South Africa) and Asia (Laos).

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Olasimbo Sojinrin is a Gender and Energy expert and a strong advocate for renewable energy and women empowerment in Africa. She is currently the Country Director at Solar Sister Nigeria, where she leads a network of women entrepreneurs distributing clean energy products in underserved communities across Nigeria.

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