The future seems pretty dire as article after article is released describing a future planet that is ravaged by the effects of climate change. Just this week, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a study that our future is shaping up to be worse than the most grim predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC). Though despite the torrential downpour of bad news, we can not let ourselves become fatalistic about our future. Sure there is a lot of work to be done, but it is possible. Here is another story that is unfolding–one that reminds us there is a better way.
Ellie works at Climate Interactive where she supports web development, communications, administration, and simulation development. She is also the Director of the Lead Now Fellowship at SustainUS, an organization that empowers youth to promote sustainable development. She has years of experience coordinating efforts to address climate change, from the local level to the international climate change negotiations, especially among young people. Formerly, she was Chair of SustainUS and a Project Coordinator on Berkshire Publishing's Encyclopedia of Sustainability. She has also served as the Chair of the Southern Energy Network's Steering Committee, Executive of Sustainability in UNC Asheville's Student Government, founder of the NC Student Climate Coalition, leader of her campus environmental group, and speaker at dozens of conferences and community events. In all of these roles she has worked to facilitate a greater understanding of the opportunities we have to address our global challenges from climate change to resource scarcity. Ellie has a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Currently, Ellie lives in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts.