From Alarm to Action: What Works? An Environmental Panel Discussion October 1, 2013, NYC

North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY was pleased to present “From Alarm to Action: What Works?” on October 1, 2013 at the Florence Gould Hall Theater, 55 E. 59th Street in New York City.

This was a moderated panel discussion featuring three nationally-prominent figures in the fight against climate change: environmental activist and author Bill McKibben, physician-philanthropist Richard Rockefeller, and investment firm founder and energy policy activist Tom Steyer. Amy Davidsen, executive director of the U.S. office of The Climate Group, moderated the panel. All three of the panelists have longstanding connections to Camp Treetops and/or North Country School.

Amy Davidsen (moderator) is Executive Director of the U.S. office of The Climate
 Group, an independent non-profit working globally with business, government, and thought leaders to accelerate solutions to climate change. Formerly Amy founded and led the Office of Environmental Affairs at JPMorganChase, developing business opportunities for the low carbon economy, advancing the climate change policy dialogue, and managing the firm's environmental footprint. Earlier Amy facilitated a job-creation loan program in Sarajevo, Bosnia and was Finance Manager of Women's World Banking, an international non-profit providing poor women access to credit. Amy is a Camp Treetops parent.

Bill McKibben is one of the world’s foremost climate change researchers and activists. He is a prolific author, journalist, and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. Bill is co-founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Bill is a former Camp Treetops parent.

Richard Rockefeller is a retired physician and medical educator who currently pursues a variety of humanitarian and environmental interests. A philanthropist and leading member of a family with a century’s work in environmental conservation, Richard currently chairs the board of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the executive committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance. Supporting sustainable development among other initiatives, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund recognizes that the impact of unchecked climate change threatens all other conservation efforts. Richard attended both Camp Treetops and North Country School.

Tom Steyer is a nationally recognized business leader and political activist. He founded Farallon Capital Management and is the co-founder with his wife Kat Taylor of One PacificCoast Bank, an Oakland, California based community development bank. In 2010, Tom teamed with George Shultz to defeat California’s Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, AB 32. The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University focuses on the development of affordable, renewable energy technologies and promotion of public policies that make renewable energy more accessible. Tom is a former Camp Treetops camper.



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