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HEIDI CULLEN: THIS IS WHAT THE PERFECT RISK LOOKS LIKE

The Climate 25: Heidi Cullen from Weather Films on Vimeo. “CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE ULTIMATE IN UNSEXY PROBLEMS.” Climatologist Heidi Cullen understands the danger posed by climate change — but also understands the difficulty in spurring an effective response to it. “This is the ultimate in unsexy problems,” she says, noting that people simply aren’t “wired” to respond to the long-term nature of the risks involved. Cullen is the chief scientist for Climate Central, a climate science research and journalism organization. Before helping start-up Climate Central in 2008, she was research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and in 2003, became the first on-air climate expert for The Weather Channel, where she helped launch the program “Forecast Earth.” Cullen runs Climate Central’s World Weather Attribution program, a new effort to assess the influence of climate change on extreme-weather events such as heat waves, droughts and floods. She’s the author of The Weather of the Future and serves as chief science advisor to the series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Cullen also serves on the American Meteorological Society Council and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. She has her doctorate in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics from Columbia University in New York...

PAUL POLMAN: HOW CEO TACKLES UNILEVER’S $300M CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE

The Climate 25: Paul Pollman from Weather Films on Vimeo. “THERE ARE MANY COMPANIES NOW THAT WOULD TELL YOU THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS DIRECTLY IMPACTING THE BOTTOM LINE.” As Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Paul Polman understands what he calls “the cost of inaction” when it comes to climate change. So while it’s difficult to attribute any particular weather event to climate change, Polman says the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world. And with those impacts comes volatility that affects everything from Unilever’s employees to the price of products for consumers to, ultimately, “the bottom line.” Concerns like these led Polman in 2010 to create Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to cut by half the environmental impact of Unilever products by 2020, and works in partnerships to address deforestation and sustainable agriculture as well as universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Polman is also Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact. He is also on the Board of the Global Consumer Goods...

GENERAL CHARLES H. JACOBY (RET.): THE BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF

The Climate 25: General Charles Jacoby from Weather Films on Vimeo. “THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT CAN’T BE ROLLED BACK.” Retired General Charles Jacoby understands that while the issue of climate change has become “politicized,” he says that, as a soldier, that doesn’t affect his views on the subject. “For me, I deal with what’s happening.” And what’s happening, according to the distinguished combat veteran and four-star general, is climate change. From 2011 to 2014, Jacoby commanded the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, the military organization charged with defending the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and the surrounding international waters from missile, maritime and other threats. His command experience includes Commander, A Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Operation URGENT FURY, Grenada; Commander, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, Joint Task Force-Bravo, United States Southern Command, Honduras and Operation FUERTE APOYO (Strong Support), Hurricane Mitch; and Commanding General, United States Army Alaska and Deputy Commander, United States Alaskan Command; Commanding General, I Corps, including a combat tour in Iraq serving as the Commanding General, Multi-National Corps-Iraq. He most recently completed his tour as Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5); Senior Member, U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff Committee, The Joint Staff. Jacoby holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters degree in military history from the University of Michigan. Jacoby was previously a member of the Joint Staff among other agencies. He has received numerous awards and honors for his...

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: WE CAN GROW THE ECONOMY AND FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate 25: Christine Todd Whitman from Weather Films on Vimeo. THERE IS NO THRIVING ECONOMY WITHOUT ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY. For former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, there’s no conflict between growing the economy and fighting climate change. “It’s the wrong way to frame the issue,” according to the EPA Administrator under George W. Bush. She sees in the healthy expansion of the U.S. GDP in the past, with various environmental protections in effect, that such expansion will be possible while working to combat climate change. In addition to previously serving as head of the EPA and governor of New Jersey, Whitman is the author of the New York Times best-seller “It’s My Party Too” and is president of The Whitman Strategy Group, “a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.” She is also co-chair of  Clean and Safe Energy and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign...

HENRY PAULSON: DOING NOTHING IS “RADICAL RISK TAKING”

The Climate 25: Henry Paulson from Weather Films on Vimeo. “CLIMATE CHANGE POSES A MASSIVE THREAT TO THE WORLD.” Henry Paulson, who served as Secretary of the Treasury in George W. Bush’s administration from 2006 to 2009, believes that in regards to climate change “it’s going to be an even bigger problem if we wait.” In addition to his tenure in the Treasury during the 2008 financial crisis, Paulson is also a former chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and is currently the chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, “which conducts projects and research on economics and the environment in the United States and China.” He is currently co-chairman (with Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, and Tom Steyer, founder of Farallon Capital Management) of the Risky Business Project, which focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks from the impacts of a changing...

CONSTANCE OKOLLET: THE FLOODS SWEPT MY VILLAGE AWAY

The Climate 25: Constance Okollet from Weather Films on Vimeo. “EVERYBODY WILL SUFFER IF IT CONTINUES LIKE THIS.” While linking any particular severe weather event to climate change is difficult, events like the 2007 flood that ravaged Constance Okollet’s village in Uganda are expected to become more common. And Okollet has refused to stay silent in the face of such a threat. Okollet is a farmer, activist, and the chairperson of the Osukuru United Women’s Network in Eastern Uganda, a network of regional women’s groups that represent over 1,200 women. The network aims to tackle problems caused by climate change, including “starvation, drought and inadequate health care.” Okollet, a mother of seven, is also a member of Climate Wise Women, a global initiative of the Earth Island Institute for the promotion of women’s leadership on climate change. She has spoken about the impacts of pollution and climate change on villages in Uganda at the United Nations Climate Summit and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on climate change and participated in numerous international events, speaking on behalf of her community for climate change consciousness and climate...

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