Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive, wrote Munia Khan.
With our planet in urgent need of recovery, climate experts and scientists of The Nature Conservancy are joined by Alexander Asen – Executive Producer of THE GREAT GREEN WALL – to discuss the importance global forestry efforts and examine how trees can help curb the effects of climate change, creating a more liveable habitat for future generations.
Speakers: Alexander Asen, Executive Producer, THE GREAT GREEN WALL; Kevin Juma, Lead Forestry Specialist, Africa Region, The Nature Conservancy; Susan Cook-Patton, Senior Forest Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Hosted by John Lotspeich, Trillion Trees
About your Speakers:
Dr. Susan Cook-Patton is the Senior Forest Restoration Scientist on the Nature Conservancy’s Tackle Climate Change Team. Her work focuses on quantifying the climate mitigation potential of reforestation and other natural climate solutions, and incorporating that work into policy discussions. To do this work, she actively collaborates with scientists across the globe, and from academic, government, and other non-governmental organizations. Susan over a decade of experience leading scientific investigations into how changes in biodiversity and climate are impacting forest, grassland, and urban ecosystems. Prior to her position at the Nature Conservancy, Susan was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellow at the US Forest Service and a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). Susan received her PhD in plant-insect ecology in 2012 from Cornell University where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and also has bachelor degrees in Biology, Psychology, and English from Indiana University. She has 29 peer-reviewed publications, on topics ranging broadly from invasive species to prehistoric Native American middens to climate change impacts on mangrove forests. As an avid proponent of effective science communication, she has shared much of her research with the public via National Public Radio, major news outlets, videos for grade school classrooms, and public lectures.
Kevin Juma is a trained forest manager with over twelve years of practical forestry experience across the public, private and civil society sectors. He is also a development finance specialist with interest in the use of blended finance to catalyze private sector investments in forest and landscape restoration. Kevin began his career at the Kenya Forest Service before becoming a project manager overseeing reforestation activities, community social development and certification at one of east Africa’s major private forestry companies. At TNC, Kevin is part of the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst development team, where he is leading the development of afforestation / reforestation enterprises and projects in Africa.
Social entrepreneur, creative influencer and movement builder, heading the United Nations’ advocacy campaign on the Great Green Wall – Africa’s flagship climate and rural development initiative.
Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the multi-award winning ‘The Great Green Wall’ documentary with Oscar nominated filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes, City of God) which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will broadcast globally in 2020.
About your Host:
John serves as the Executive Director of Trillion Trees, an unprecedented joint venture for forests, formed by Birdlife International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF-UK. Trillion Trees aims to accelerate global efforts to end deforestation, improve forest protection and advance forest restoration, to ensure healthy and resilient landscapes where both people and nature can thrive. John has most recently spent much of his time working in West Africa, where he saw first hand the impacts of encroaching desertification of the landscape and its impact on the people and economies of the region.
In partnership with The Nature Conservancy
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This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020.