Recap: My climate fellowship

I spent the last 3 months in a climate fellowship program. Here are my favorite resources and personal next steps.

Recap: My climate fellowship

Hello, again! Sorry for the long delay since my last post – I’ve been busy these last 3 months in my Learning for Action Fellowship. This program organized my climate exploration into bi-weekly courses, optional live classes and group assignments alongside a diverse global community. We covered everything from planetary science and renewable energy to international policy and climate finance.

Here are a few of my favorite resources from Terra and my other research these past few months:

On climate science

  • Graphic: The carbon cycle is a crucial concept in understanding climate change. Here's a quick design I put together as part of our first group project.
This design was made with <3 by yours truly.

On the challenge ahead

  • Article: The Climate Change Executive Summary provides a brief, visual overview of the triple challenge ahead – climate change, air pollution and energy poverty. These compounding threats are imminent, but not insurmountable.
  • Podcast: How to Save a Planet serves as a great primer on all things climate.
  • Chart: This data rich chart illustrates the fascinating story of historical emissions.
Annual total CO₂ emissions, by world region
An interactive visualization from Our World in Data.

On  climate policy

A core concept I learned was the "global carbon budget."  Many industrialized countries have already pushed over their fair share, while other countries deserve to industrialize and raise quality of life for citizens.

  • Video: The video below shows trends in emissions and demonstrates the challenges ahead.
  • Tool: As we consider the future, tools like En-ROADs and C-ROADs enable anyone to explore climate policy scenarios. I found myself running through many scenarios to see how we might meet 1.5°C or 2°C thresholds.
  • Newsletter: Volts by David Roberts offers great reading (or listening!) on green infrastructure and goes deep on U.S. policy.

On green energy in the US

Map sources: Bloomberg News analysis of the National Land Cover Database, Princeton University’s Net-Zero America project, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Deck: While the US is a decade behind the EU in wind power, it reached a big milestone for offshore wind with the approval of Vineyard Wind. I put together a research brief, which you can find here.

On climate technology

Not pictured: continued growth in recent years and new investment categories.
  • Newsletter: Climate Tech VC has been a great way to keep up with the latest solutions coming to market, funding rounds and overall trends in the climate tech world.

On climate fintech

  • Article: Big banks are part of the problem - check out Banking on Climate Chaos to see how much your bank is part of the problem.
We're gonna need a better bank. Source:

On climate justice

Answers: from top to bottom, maps show land area, poverty, carbon dioxide emissions.

On climate reporting and communications

On volunteering and personal choice

This fight requires big government and big corporations to make big decisions – it doesn't just fall on us. That said, we can all do our part to get politically active!

And of course, do your best to make informed choices in our day to day.

  • Blog: Finch is helping people to review climate-friendly products that last. I've enjoyed their entertaining Wise Guides.
  • Article: Carbon Brief put together this awesome interactive guide on how various diets impact the climate. Hint below...
Eat your veggies! The “planetary health diet”. Source: The EAT-Lancet Commission (2019).

My next steps

While it can be difficult to prioritize continuing education, it’s essential to personal growth. Success in the 21st century will go to lifelong learners who can build a network and create solutions to the challenges of our time.

A big emphasis in the Terra program is to put your knowledge into action. My "climate work plan" is a “now, next, later” roadmap:

Rocky will lead the way, just like he did on this mountain in Vermont.

If you're interested in this space, I'd recommend or another more specific program like AirMiners Bootup or Linear to Circular.  The Learning for Action cohorts run every few months, and they've learned a few new courses recently (reach out to me for a promo code!). I’d be happy to talk about my climate learning experience and learn from you, too.