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Environmental Optimism - Philanthropic Approaches to Solving the Climate and Conservation Crises
Join us for our final Synergos Global Philanthropists Circle Collective Action online event of the year, in conjunction with the Environmental Funders Network, the UK’s leading community of climate and environmental funders. Featuring philanthropies taking bold action to reduce the harm to our planet from climate change, we hope you will be inspired to discover how you can take practical and urgent action within your own philanthropic activities.

Join fellow GPC members and environmentally-focused philanthropists to listen to three inspirational speakers and connect with others in this critical area of philanthropic action.

Featured Speakers:
Joanna Messing
Joanna joined Growald Family Fund in 2007 as the Founding Executive Director. Growald Family Fund is a high-impact venture philanthropy fund, focused on driving rapid transition to a clean energy future. Joanna brings over 20 years of experience in venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and business planning to the field of strategic climate philanthropy.

Tom Rivett-Carnac
Tom co-founded Global Optimism together with Christiana Figueres in 2017, when the pair departed the UN, having successfully secured the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. During his tenure at the UN, Tom ran political strategy, prior to which he was President of CDP North America. He serves as an advisor on delivering climate ambition to some of the world’s most influential corporations and philanthropic leaders.

Jessica Sweidan
Jessica has been an active philanthropist for over 20 years, and founded Synchronicity Earth in 2009 with her husband Adam. This research-driven, collaborative foundation raises and distributes donor funding to the conservation sector. Jessica plays an active role at Synchronicity Earth, developing its profile, networks and events. Jessica is also an IUCN Patron of Nature and an Honorary Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London.
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