The mission of 2020 or Bust is to empower ordinary people to end the climate crisis.  Most people see climate change as too complex, too big, something “out there” for governments or institutions to deal with and resolve, something we can get to later, all of which leaves people in a trance of hope, denial, best efforts, gestures and business as usual.

To wake people from that trance is the job of 2020 or Bust; to bring the reality of ending the crisis into the global consciousness and with it, the power for people everywhere to step up and make the critical difference.  We are not on track to end the crisis in time, and the next 14 months is our critical window of opportunity in which to radically reverse the emissions trend if we are to get on track.

ADVISORY BOARD

olavOlav Kjørven is Director of UNICEF’s Public Partnerships Division, coordinating public resource mobilization and multi-lateral governmental affairs. Mr. Kjørven has held a number of senior positions within the United Nations, including as the Special Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the Post-2015 Development agenda, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau for Development Policy, and Director of Environment and Energy at the UNDP. He has initiated an international conversation on ‘The World We Want’ through national, regional and global dialogue.

As Director of Policy for UNDP he was a senior advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the ‘Sustainable Energy For All’ initiative and led the UN’s engagement with the G20 Development Working Group. Mr. Kjørven advanced an integrated approach to sustainable development, bridging social, economic and environmental concerns as well as issues related to democratic governance.  He was a key figure behind the establishment of the Commission for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor.

As Director of the UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group he spearheaded the group’s work on mainstreaming environmentally sustainable solutions into development plans and programs, and enhancing capacities to access environmental financing to address climate change, environmental degradation, and poverty.

Prior to that, he was State Secretary for International Development with the Government of Norway, and he began his career in development as an Environmental Specialist with the World Bank in 1992. Mr. Kjørven holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

laura_segafredoLaura is Executuve Director and Chaiman of the Board of the 2° Investing Initiative. Prior to that she was Executive Manager of the UN’s Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project at Sustainable Development Solutions Network (a Global Initiative for the UN) and former lead author of the Emissions Gap Report. She was also Lead Economist at the ClimateWorks Foundation. She has PhD in Energy Studies from the University of Padova (Italy).

Joe-Roberton-UN-climate-conferenceJoe is the Global Strategy Director at Citizen’s Climate Lobby. He does policy analysis, coordinates strategy to train and empower volunteers, and develops new groups abroad. He also leads CCE’s engagement with the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF, and other multilateral institutions. Joe also leads Pathway to Paris, a global organizing project from Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Citizens’ Climate Education aimed at building a working coalition of engaged partners, including citizens and stakeholders, NGOs, multilateral institutions, scholars, leading policy-makers, and the private sector, to actively coordinate a strong and effective consensus agreement in Paris.

Dr. Niklas HöhneProf. Dr. Niklas Höhne is a founding partner of NewClimate Institute. He is also Special Professor “mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions” at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He follows the international climate negotiations since 1995. He led numerous studies related to the international climate change negotiations and national climate policies, for example several evaluations of countries’ performances in climate change. Niklas Höhne is lead author for the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Report for the chapter on climate policies and international cooperation. He is also lead author of the UNEP Emissions Gap reports 2010 to 2015. He created the Climate Action Tracker that tracks commitments and actions of countries on climate change. Niklas Höhne holds a PhD from the University of Utrecht for his dissertation on “What is next after the Kyoto Protocol – Assessment of options for international climate policy post 2012″. His work on sharing the effort of reducing emissions between countries led to the IPCC statement that developed countries would need to reduce emissions by 25% to 40% in 2020 compared to 1990 to be compatible with limiting global temperature increase to 2°C. Before co-founding NewClimate Institute, Niklas Höhne worked at Ecofys, a leading climate and energy consultancy (2001 to 2014), where he last was Director of Energy and Climate Policy. Previously he was a staff member of the UNFCCC secretariat (1998 to 2001), where he supported the negotiations on various issues, including reporting under the Kyoto Protocol, projections of greenhouse gas emissions, fluorinated greenhouse gases and emissions from international transport.niklasAllan Cohen

sidebar-pro-bonoFor more than 20 years Allan Cohen has been an interdisciplinary management consultant, entrepreneur, and executive. In addition to his eight years in private practice, Mr. Cohen was a Senior Vice President at ZEFER Corporation (an eBusiness consultancy), a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Waite & Company (a successful boutique strategy house), and a Principal and engagement leader at CSC Index (creators of reengineering).

Mr. Cohen earned his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his B.S. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been an adjunct faculty member at California State University. He is a Trustee of Cambridge College, and Member of its Executive Committee. He is a member of the Barbados Group, an international think tank focused on the sources of performance. Mr. Cohen is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Vanto Group, a Landmark Education Company. His pro-bono work includes delivery of leadership development, community building, and reconciliation workshops in such diverse places as Belfast, Tel Aviv, and the Mississippi Delta.

Juan Elias Chebly serves at the United Nations Environment Programme as Lead Adviser on Partnerships and Outreach to the UN Assistant Secretary General and Head of UN Environment Management Group. He is founder of Voipebox.com and giveme-5.org. He holds a BS in Management, a minor in International Business, a Finance MBA degree from St. John’s University in Queens NY and a Ph.D in Sustainable Development at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela.
At age 24, he became St. John’s Tobin College of Business youngest professor in 2010. In 2009 he founded Voipebox.com, a telecom startup introducing innovative and pioneering VOIP telephony solutions in South America and the US. Since 2013, Juan has been tasked to serve in different capacities as a report writer, researcher, programme manager, public speaker, strategic adviser, and community builder at the UN, at the juncture between academic research, policy-making, and inclusive governance through partnerships and global outreach.

THE TEAM

For over thirty years, Laughlin Artz has been a successful leader and innovator in an array of seemingly incompatible roles. He is known variously as: a management consultant and transformational educator, a filmmaker and performance artist, an entrepreneur and journalist, and a social and environmental activist.

Across all of these roles, Laughlin brings an unbridled enthusiasm for, and profound commitment to, the possibility that cultural transformation and what he calls “contextual activism” can make a real difference in creating a world that works for everyone.

For the past three years, all of Laughlin’s efforts have been focused on one singular commitment: to end the global climate crisis through citizen engagement and collective action.  As a pioneer in making the climate crisis and the ending of it accessible to ordinary people, Laughlin has distinguished himself as a recognized world leader and radical change agent, putting the power to solve humanity’s most urgent problem in the hands of civil society.

Joep Meijer is both advisor and team member for 2020 or Bust. Joep Meijer is the founder of Climate Buddies, a nonprofit that works with households, schools and houses of worship to reduce their carbon footprint. He is also heavily involved in advocacy at the city level in Austin Texas, helping set the goal for NET-ZERO impact city-wide by 2050, assisting in the development and adoption of the implementation plan, and the purchase of 2,000,000 solar panels for the Austin Energy municipal utility. His carbon footprint is minus 2020 metric tons. Joep is also owner/president of The Right Environment, which helps clients to define sustainability strategies using life cycle assessment techniques. He is a system thinker to make sure things add up on a bigger scale. Climate change is his passion for life.

Jeffrey Bonar works at the cutting edge of delivering human value with advanced software technologies. He combines strong business sense, visionary leadership, deep understanding of advanced technology, and passionate commitment to results. He takes raw technologies and finds practical and effective applications that generate human value. He has delivered sophisticated software systems leveraging mobile software, artificial intelligence, customer relationship management, training, and software tools.

Jeff received his doctorate, specializing in Artificial Intelligence, at the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985.

David Berman is the producer and editor for 2020 or Bust and accountable for producing our 5-year documentary project. He is also is director and founder of Striker Films, a New York based company that produces documentaries and corporate videos. In addition, David produces and directs for FabOverFity.com and Context News.

Sheri Focke is a Team Member of 2020 or Bust since the first of 2016. Sheri has her Master’s Degree in Education and Fine Arts from Miami University of Ohio and has worked as a Manager for a leading training a development firm out of San Francisco. She also taught art for 24 years in the Midwest. She is currently the point person for schools for 2020 or Bust and RESULTS. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with Tom Carson and Mary Tessmann. They are in the process of creating a green community in Walnut Hills.

Sheri

Tom Carson is a Team member of the Cincinnati Chapter of 2020 or Bust. He is a former regional manager for an international training and development company and led seminars for 22 years with that organization. He is a Veteran, and graduate of the University of Maine where he taught in the Veterans Early Education Program. He is a professional skier who coached and taught out of the leading Ski School in the world (Vail) and was fully certified by the Rocky Mountain Professional Association. He was an organic farmer in Maine from 1973 to 1980 and is currently the owner/operator of the only privately held Community Garden in Cincinnati. He and his partners Mary and Sheri are the operating team for RESULTS a citizen advocacy group committed to the end of Hunger and Poverty. He operates the “Behind the Red Door” sound studio where local and regional singers, songwriters and musicians perform. Together Tom and his partners live in the oldest police precinct in Cincinnati and own a neighborhood with views of the city and Northern Kentucky, as well as a historic 900 acre farm in Michigan which has been in Sheri’s family for 6 generations.

Tom

Mary Tessmann is a Team Member of the Cincinnati Chapter of 2020 or Bust. She is a former staff member with an international training and development company out of San Francisco for 20 years prior to this she managed a regional office as a Social Worker for people with disabilities in Minneapolis/St Paul for 27 years. She has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and Washington. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is a group leader with RESULTS and has actively lobbied Senators and Congressman from Ohio on issues of hunger and poverty.

Mary