Speaker: Jamie Alexander, Director, Drawdown Labs
Meeting Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: Presentation at 5:00 PM (PDT)
Cost: $6 (use General Admission with Promo Code IEEE717 for a $14 discount; funds go to scholarships)
Reservations: www.mitcnc.org/events/project-drawdown
Summary: We are in a pivotal and potentially transformative moment in human history. New US climate targets announced by the Biden-Harris administration. A huge percentage of American voters supportive of ambitious climate action. Bold climate ambition and plans from large corporations and investors globally. And a suite of climate solutions already in hand to address the climate crisis at the scope and scale required, led by the research of the nonprofit Project Drawdown.
We know what needs to be done and we have the solutions to do it. What we all do next to meet this moment, inside our companies, organizations, communities and spheres of influence is existential to our chances of limiting global warming to the level the science calls for.
In past discussions, many of you have asked “what can I do?” Many of the answers will be covered in this talk by Jamie Beck Alexander. We will take a tour of the suite of climate solutions researched by Project Drawdown, explore the biggest leverage points needed to scale these climate solutions in the world and we’ll hear the latest updates on our global effort to achieve DRAWDOWN, quickly, safely and equitably.

Bio: Jamie Beck Alexander is a climate activist and founding director of Project Drawdown’s Drawdown Labs — a consortium of private-sector partners working to go beyond ‘net zero’ to scale climate solutions in the world, within and outside their own operations. Jamie joined the Project Drawdown team from Ceres, where she led corporate engagement on the West Coast, working with companies to set ambitious emission reduction targets and leveraging their influence in support of strong climate and clean energy policies.
Previously, Jamie served as a civil and foreign service officer with USAID in Bangladesh, India, and Tanzania. Focused on malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases, she led an agency-wide effort to better integrate local solutions and voices into foreign aid programming and decision making. She has also worked with the UN Office of the Secretary-General and indigenous peoples in the US, Amazon, and Andes.

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