Global warming has loaded the dice, making extreme weather events more frequent and severe. From super storms to biblical flooding, interminable droughts to devastating wildfires, this new normal is affecting communities everywhere who need our support. And local organizations know best how to help their communities respond, recover, and rebuild.
As we help those in need, we also need to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change. Most disaster relief organizations are not focused on connecting the dots between climate change and extreme weather, and many actively avoid the topic. That's why the Climate Relief Fund shares the stories of disaster victims, so decision makers understand the real effects of inaction.
Camron is the Project Director of the Climate Relief Fund. Previously, he ran marketing on the world's largest scientific journal, PLOS ONE. Prior to that, he worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations on online marketing and partnership development. He was also Deputy Internet Director at Mercy Corps, where he oversaw much of the rapid response fundraising and partnership development.
Daniel directs the CEL Climate Lab. He previously served as CEL’s chief of staff, and is one of the organization's co-founders. Prior to co-founding CEL he worked on policy and media projects in a number of fields.
Sarah is the Project Assistant of the Climate Relief Fund. Previously, she was the photographer for Faces of Fracking, a deep journalistic investigation into the impact of fracking on the people and places of California. She has worked for several environmental non-profits, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Save the Bay, American Rivers, and the Borneo Project.
Payal is the Global Managing Director at 350.org, leading the organization's work outside of the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from MIT and has provided technical support to communities in western India fighting salinization of their water supply. Payal has also worked on climate campaigns at International Rivers and Greenpeace International and done climate policy research for NGOs, think tanks and Southern governments.
EMMP is a consulting firm specializing in preparedness and recovery, and Noël is instrumental in its climate change work, including supporting several communities in New York City rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. Prior to joining EMMP she held positions at the New York City Office of Emergency Management; MediSys, a health network of hospitals, nursing homes and clinics; and with Tenet Healthcare.
Michael helped found Occupy Sandy and is co-creator and Executive Producer of Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy. He has worked with numerous other projects and companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps.
Hunter is an expert on climate communications, and his work at Climate Nexus includes Connecting the Dots: A Communications Guide to Climate Change and Extreme Weather. Previously, Hunter held leadership roles at Resource Media and We Interrupt This Message, and led NGO communications around events such as the UNFCCC meeting in Bali and the the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.
Saleemul Huq is a Bangladeshi scientist based in London. He is a Senior Fellow in the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Before joining IIED, he was director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, which he founded in 1984. He was founding director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh. Huq is a member of the IPCC, for which he has served as a Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group II, which focuses on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.
Dr. Abraham is a professor of thermal and fluid sciences at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering, Minnesota. He has published approximately 200 journal papers, conference presentations, books, book chapters and patents, and also works on clean and renewable wind and solar projects in the developing world. In 2012, he and his colleagues formed the Climate Science Rapid Response Team which consists of approximately 150 of the world’s best climate scientists. The group connects media venues and legislators with climate scientists so that accurate information is conveyed to the public. He writes for the Guardian UK and other publications on energy and climate topics.
Dr. Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science Texas Tech University and director of its Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on developing and applying climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. Dr. Hayhoe has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and served as lead author on key reports for the US Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences. She is currently serving as lead author for the 2014 Third US National Climate Assessment. She is also the founder and CEO of Atmos Research, a climate change consultancy. In 2014 she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and the American Geophysical Union awarded her its climate communications award.