Who We Are

Climate Scorecard is a non-profit initiative that seeks to strengthen emission reduction pledges to the Paris Agreement by leading greenhouse gas emitting countries.

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.

Rafael Gersely

Rafael Gersely

Brazil Country Manager

Rafael Gersely is an experienced economist with a Masters in International and Monetary Economics and B.S. in Economics.

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.

Siya Tong

Siya Tong

China Country Manager

Siya Tong is studying Environmental Science with a focus on Renewable Resource Management at McGill University.

Sichen Wan

Sichen Wan

China Country Manager

Sichen Wan is an Undergraduate from McGill University majoring in Environmental Science.

Lise Favre

Lise Favre

European Union Country Manager

Lise has a background in International Development Economics.

Stephan Savarese

Stephan Savarese

France Country Manager

Stephan Savarese is the President of Saving Our Planet and VP of Sauvons Le Climat.

Berit Mohr

Berit Mohr

Germany Country Manager

Berit is an experienced officer in the environmental sector with a strong passion for sustainable development, environmental education and effective science communication.

Ranjan Panda

Ranjan Panda

India Country Manager

Ranjan Kishor Panda has been a front runner expert-cum-activist on water, environment and climate change issues in India.

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.

Kenta Matsumoto

Kenta Matsumoto

Japan Country Manager

Kenta Matsumoto is a member of Climate Youth Japan, a youth environmental NGO.

Aline Nolasco

Aline Nolasco

Mexico Country Manager

Aline studied International Relations and holds a degree in Environmental Policy.

Valeria López-Portillo

Valeria López-Portillo

Mexico Country Manager

Valeria holds a Master in Environment and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Policy.

Priscilla Offiong

Priscilla Offiong

Nigeria Country Manager

Priscilla Offiong is a seasoned administrator, an environmentalist with over 6 years of research, evaluation and monitoring.

Colette Linton

Colette Linton

Russia Country Manager

Colette Linton is a sustainability consultant working internationally at the nexus of natural resources management and healthy communities.

Abeer Abdulkareem

Saudi Arabia Country Manager

Abeer Abdulkareem holds a Master’s degree 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.

Eunjung Lim

Eunjung Lim

South Korea Country Manager

Eunjung Lim is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of International Relations for Ritsumeikan University.

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.

Özlem Duyan

Özlem Duyan

Turkey Country Manager

Özlem Duyan is an Energy and Environmental Engineer.

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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