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. He has extensive experience designing and implementing international development projects in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development, global governance, and citizen participation.

Lois Barber

Lois Barber

Co-Founder

Lois Barber is a Climate Scorecard Co-Founder and the Executive Director of EarthAction. She has a 30-year history of work in the non-profit world with a focus on citizen participation in policymaking on environment, peace, and justice issues.

Marisa Young

Marisa Young

Digital Media Coordinator

Marisa Young is an experienced Web Designer and Digital Media Specialist with a background in the arts and non-profit sectors. She holds a Masters degree in Marketing & Communications from Emerson College.

Cristina Venegas

Cristina Venegas

Report Editor

Cristina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at McGill University with a concentration in International Relations and Sustainable Development. Her degree is concerned with global environmental governance and is focused on environmental justice.

Climate Scorecard Country Managers

Julian Atchison

Julian Atchison

Australia Country Manager

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

Diane Szoller

Diane Szoller

Canada Country Manager

Diane Szoller has been working on sustainability issues since the ’90s, including the start-up of environmental agencies on various levels - some being international, national and/or local. She has a background in finance and adult education academically and is a life long learner.

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.

Brittany Demogenes

Brittany Demogenes

EU Country Manager

Brittany Demogenes is currently a Master of Arts in International Affairs student at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA where she graduated with a major in Political Science and a minor in English.

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.

Zahi Badra

Zahi Badra

Germany Country Manager

Zahi Badra is an MA graduate from Berlin Technical University, involved with environmental issues as an academic, journalist and entrepreneur since the mid-2000's.

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.

Andrea Bruno

Andrea Bruno

Italy Country Manager

Andrea is currently a Master of Arts in European Public Policy student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a Master of Science in Resource Economics and Sustainable Development from the University of Bologna. He is a climate activist previously involved with FridaysForFuture Italy and now running his own association The Climate Route.

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.

Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen

Nigeria Country Manager

Peter is currently a graduate student at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) concentrating in International Development and International Economics. Previously, he lived in Lagos, Nigeria for 5 years.

Michael Oshchepkov

Michael Oshchepkov

Russia Country Manager

Michael Oshchepkov is an economist specialising in energy markets, project development, and public policy. He currently works as an researcher at ENERPO Research Center, European University at St. Petersburg. He holds a Master’s degree of Economics and Finance from UNECON. 

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.

Jitae Chang

Jitae Chang

South Korea Country Manager

Jitae Chang has worked in the renewable energy industry for several years, both domestic and abroad, and currently works for OCI Power, a renewable energy company. He has a Master's degree in computer science and is also pursuing an MBA from Korea University, Seoul. 

Wendy Paredes

Wendy Paredes

Spain Country Manager

Wendy Paredes holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and is a Master in Environmental Systems graduate from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico.

Barış Can Sever

Barış Can Sever

Turkey Country Manager

Barış Can Sever completed his master degree in the Department of International Relations at Yaşar University after he had graduated from Izmir University of Economics with his bachelor degree in the Department of International Relations and European Union.

Anastasiia Bushovska

Anastasiia Bushovska

Ukraine Country Manager

Anastasiia Bushovska is a MSc student in Environmental System Analysis at Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands).

Gwen Wren

Gwen Wren

UK Co-Country Manager

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

Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen

UK Co-Country Manager

Thomas Christensen recently completed a Master's in Environmental Policy & Technology as well as two years of research at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy. He has published journal articles in the rapidly growing field of the European bioeconomy and specializes in full value chain thinking and innovation.

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