Who We Are

Climate Scorecard identifies and advocates for actions that can lower emissions in leading greenhouse gas emitting countries and support the Paris Agreement.

Who We Are

Climate Scorecard was formed in 2015 by two concerned climate change advocates — Ron Israel, Director of the Global Citizens’ Initiative and Lois Barber, Director of the environmental advocacy group EarthAction. Its first activity was to analyze the emission reduction pledges that all countries signing the Paris Agreement were asked to make. The analysis concluded that initial Paris Agreement pledges are too low to prevent the planet from exceeding the global warming tipping point of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Therefore, Climate Scorecard began its current program of climate change reporting and advocacy. Each month a team of young environmental researchers and advocates compiles a report on efforts related to climate change mitigation in each of 20 leading greenhouse gas emitting countries. These monthly Country Spotlight Reports also rate the status of current efforts, using a four-star rating system, and contain an advocacy message aimed at changing the practices of those responsible for the activity described in the monthly report.

Each Climate Scorecard Country Spotlight Report gets posted on Climate Scorecard’s website, viewed by 10,000 visitors a month, and on Climate Scorecard’s Facebook and Twitter pages that get hundreds of likes and retweets a month. In addition, all of Climate Scorecard’s monthly country reports are combined and published, along with related meta-analysis of climate change trends, into a monthly Global Spotlight Report. The monthly Global Report goes out to a mailing list of several thousand environmental leaders around the world.

Climate Scorecard has recently launched a High Ambition Country Coalition Campaign. The goal of this Campaign is to organize a network of concerned organizations in each country that can advocate for their countries to strengthen their Paris Agreement pledge before November 2020, the date all countries are expected to submit a revised pledge.

Climate Scorecard Staff

Ron Israel

Ron Israel

Co-Founder

Ron Israel is a Climate Scorecard Co-Founder and the Executive Director of The Global Citizens’ Initiative.

Lois Barber

Lois Barber

Co-Founder

Lois Barber is a Climate Scorecard Co-Founder and the Executive Director of EarthAction.

Marisa Young

Marisa Young

Digital Media Coordinator

Marisa Young manages all digital content and communications for Climate Scorecard.

Climate Scorecard Country Managers

Julian Atchison

Julian Atchison

Australia Country Manager

Julian Atchison is an MSc graduate from the University of Melbourne in Zoology.

Luiza Karpavicius

Luiza Karpavicius

Brazil Country Manager

Luiza Karpavicius is a Msc Student in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) with a Bachelor degree in Economic Science from the University of São Paulo (Brazil).

Diane Szoller

Diane Szoller

Canada Country Manager

Diane Szoller has been working on sustainability issues since the ’90s, including the start-up of several agencies.

Annette Wiedenbach

Annette Wiedenbach

China Country Manager

Annette is a MIT SPURS Fellow alumna. Prior to coming to Boston, for the past 20 years she has lived in China, Taiwan and Singapore to work in communications, public affairs and sustainability.

Stephanie Tapolsky

Stephanie Tapolsky

France Country Manager

Stephanie is a current masters student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies studying International Economics and Energy Resource and Environment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vassar College.

Pooran Chandra Pandey

Pooran Chandra Pandey

India Country Manager

Contributor to encyclopedia on sustainable development goals, Pooran Chandra Pandey is a managing director of Soent Group, a Germany based international policy consulting firm.

Tristan Grupp

Tristan Grupp

Indonesia Country Manager

Tristan Grupp holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in International Development Studies with a focus in sustainability.

Yun Tzu (Allison) Lin

Yun Tzu (Allison) Lin

Japan Country Manager

Yun-Tzu is a climate justice activist working as the international outreach lead for Fridays For Future Japan and Climate Youth Japan to reflect young people's perspectives in Japan's climate policies.

Patricia Prat

Patricia Prat

Mexico Country Manager

Patricia holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is also pursuing a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation from the Harvard Extension School.

Maria Stambler

Maria Stambler

Russia Country Manager

Maria Stambler is an experienced communications professional with a passion for sustainability and environmentalism.

Abeer Abdulkareem

Abeer Abdulkareem

Saudi Arabia Country Manager

Abeer Abdulkareem holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.

Amgad Ellaboudy

Amgad Ellaboudy

Saudi Arabia Country Manager

Amgad Ellaboudy is an Adjunct Faculty of Earth Science and Oceanography at Chaffey and Mount San Antonio community colleges.

Tabana Mailula

Tabana Mailula

South Africa Country Manager

Tabana Mailula is a GIS and Environmental Consultant with a passion in Renewable Energy and Climate Change policies. She holds Honours BSc in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling.

Samantha Pettigrew

Samantha Pettigrew

Spain Country Manager

Samantha holds a Master in Public Policy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Impact Evaluation. She is an experienced global citizen passionate about international climate policy.

Neebir Banerjee

Neebir Banerjee

Thailand Country Manager

Neebir Banerjee is a recent graduate from University of Toronto with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree.

Gwen Wren

Gwen Wren

UK Country Manager

Gwen has a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Development at McGill University where she gained experience in climate policy research.

Stephanie Gagnon

Stephanie Gagnon

United States Country Manager

Stephanie Gagnon is a current masters student at Boston University studying International Relations and Environmental Policy.

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