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.
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
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 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.
Diana Gastelum is a recent graduate from Suffolk University where she studied Environmental Policy and International Relations. Diana gained an interest in doing research surrounding the energy sector and how political actions within the industry play a role in the energy transition specifically within North and South America. Diana currently works as an Energy Program Coordinator focusing on energy efficiency, decarbonization, and other distributed energy technologies in the open market.
Climate Scorecard Country Managers
Carlos Alexandre de Oliveira holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from FMU-SP and an MBA in Business Management from FGV - Fundação Getúlio Vargas and UCI - University of California. He has more than 25 years of experience in various sectors of the economy (industry, commerce, finance and services). He currently lives in São Paulo-Brazil.
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 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 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.
Contributor to encyclopedia on sustainable development goals, Pooran Chandra Pandey is a managing director of Soent Group, a Germany based international policy consulting firm.
Netra is a young climate scientist, architect, and environmental planner. She is interested in how cities adapt to deal with urban heat and flooding. Her specialist areas and research focus are green infrastructures, nature-based solutions, and climate-responsive design and planning. She is an ex-International Climate Protection Humboldt Fellow from the 2021 cohort.
Pablo Necoechea is an expert in ESG and sustainability. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Economic Development from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a Master in Innovation from Deusto Business School, and a Master and Ph.D. Candidate in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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 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 holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.
Amgad Ellaboudy is an Adjunct Faculty of Earth Science and Oceanography at Chaffey and Mount San Antonio community colleges.
Deepti Charitar is currently working as a Project Manager in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Anastasiia Bushovska is a MSc student in Environmental System Analysis at Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands).