Climate Speaker Series

Perfect Storm in the Arctic: Climate Change, Resource Depletion, Politics, and Intl. Relations (video) — December 9th, 2020

Dr. Beverly Crawford


Dr. Beverly Crawford — UC Berkeley Professor Emerita

Dr. Beverly Crawford is emeritus professor of political science and International and Area Studies. She has written numerous policy papers and articles on the causes of cultural conflict in Europe, Greece, Bulgaria, and the former Yugoslavia, spoken at the World Cultural Forum in Rio de Janeiro, and regularly consults with the US government on the various topics including economic roots of international conflicts. Dr. Crawford will speak to the Berkeley Rotary Club regarding climate change, resource depletion, and how such issues play into politics and international relations.

Adapting to Rising Tides (video) — November 11, 2020

Lindsey Lowe


Lindy Lowe — Resilience Program Director, Port of San Fransisco 

Lindy Lowe recently developed and ran the Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program, a nationally recognized climate adaptation planning program. Previously she worked for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) locally, and earlier for the City of San Diego as a planner focusing on the urban-wildlands interface, wildfire reduction, habitat conservation planning, community engagement and affordable housing.  Lindy received her Bachelors, Masters, and JD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Project Drawdown: Teaching Children About Climate Change (video)November 4th, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Bagley


Dr. Elizabeth Bagley — Director of Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown

Before joining Project Drawdown, Bagley directed sustainability efforts at the California Academy of Sciences and designed the science content for video games at LeapFrog. She has also taught middle and high school science, K-12 pedagogy to teachers, and communication to graduate students at UIUC. Dr. Bagley holds joint PhDs in Environment & Resources and Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to steadily decline.

Green the Church Initiative (video) — August 19, 2020

Earl W. Koteen


Reverend Earl W. Koteen

Reverend Earl W. Koteen is an Ecological Justice Minister at the Green the Church and the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, a member of the CA Interfaith Power and Light Steering Committee, co founder of the Sunflower Alliance, and member of UUs for Just Economic Community, all of which he joined after a 30 year career in strategic planning, organization development, and human resources. Reverend Koteen has two adult daughters whose future first sparked his interest in climate change and environmental degradation. He holds a master of divinity from the Starr King School for the Ministry.

Reverend Ambrose Carroll  

Reverend Ambrose F. Carroll, Sr.

Reverend Ambrose F. Carroll is a pastor of The Church by The Side of The Road in Berkeley, CA, the Moderator of the Home & Foreign Mission District Association, and Vice President at Large of the California State Baptist Convention. Dr. Ambrose is a past commissioned chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve. Dr. Ambrose holds a Doctor of Divinity, Master of Divinity, and Master of Business Administration. He is married to Katresa Williams-Carroll and they have three children.

Mr. Koteen and Dr. Ambrose spoke to the Rotary Club regarding the Green the Church, a faith-based organization that stands at the intersection of the Black Church and the environmental movement. Green the Church seeks to amplify green theology, promoting sustainable practices, and building power for change. Both ministers serve as members of the Steering Committee of California Interfaith Power & Light, which promotes energy conversation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

People of Action: Acting on the Environment and Climate Change (info) — August 5th, 2020

Yavuz Atila


Yavuz Atila — Leader of the Western North America Regional Chapter of ESRAG

Yavuz discussed Rotary International’s decision to make “supporting the environment” the 7th area of focus for Rotary service Projects. He began by describing his early life in Turkey and the changes in the environment he observed. These changes led him to act on the environment and make them important service areas for Rotary and Rotarians, as this is critical for the continuation of the other 6 Rotary areas of focus as well. Yavuz is the President & CEO of Monterey Bay Technologies, has served as the Rotary District 5320 Governor, and is a former Rotary club president.

Climate Change: Current Trends/Actions, Policy Recommendations (video) — July 22nd, 2020

Dan Kammen


Dr. Daniel Kammen — University of California Berkeley Professor

Dr. Dan Kammen is a distinguished professor of energy, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group (as Chair), the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He also served for the United States government (including testifying more than 40 times to U.S. congressional briefings), helped found over 10 companies, authored or co-authored 12 books, written more than 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, and more. Dr. Kammen completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell and masters and PhD at Harvard.

Adaptation to Sea Level Rise (video) — July 15th, 2020


Rob Olshansky — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Emeritus

Dr. Olshansky is professor emeritus of urban and regional planning, where he taught for 28 years. His teaching and research covered land use and environmental planning, with an emphasis on planning for natural hazards. He has published extensively on post-disaster recovery planning, environmental impact    assessment, and more. Dr. Olshansky spoke to the Berkeley Rotary Club regarding impending rises in the world’s sea levels. Over the past decade, Dr. Olshansky has given over 35 invitational and keynote lectures throughout the US, Canada, Chine, Japan, Taiwan, India, and Indonesia.

Tikkun Olam - Repair the World (info) — July 1st, 2020 

Chris Ahoy

Chris Ahoy — Berkeley Rotary Club President

Chris described his personal history from his early days, born into a Chinese family during the British Raj. Displaced by border disputes between China and India, Chris landed a fellowship to UC Berkeley and became a US citizen. Chris went on to achieve success as a professional facilities planner and manager in Alaska and Iowa, ultimately retiring from Iowa State University as Associate Vice President. Currently, Chris is the President & CEO of Performance Management Consulting.


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