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Cisco’s grantee and investee companions share what they stay up for most at Local weather Week NYC

Local weather Week NYC, one of many largest annual local weather occasions since 2009, brings collectively worldwide leaders from enterprise, authorities, and civil society to showcase world local weather motion. This 12 months’s theme is “We Can. We Will,” specializing in an motion to drive a extra sustainable future collectively. Contributors will use the complete week of greater than 400 scheduled occasions as a rallying name to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and to be on a path to net-zero by 2050.

Cisco and the Cisco Basis, together with our Local weather grantee and investee companions, perceive that the sustainable future we need to transfer in the direction of is one that’s inclusive, resilient, and regenerative. Collectively, we concentrate on innovation as a key avenue to foster extra inclusive communities, extra resilient bioregions, and round and regenerative economies. That’s the reason we requested a few of our grantee and investee partnership leaders, “How does it profit your group to take part in Local weather Week, and what are you wanting ahead to most concerning the occasion?” That is what they needed to say.


Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps

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Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps

“The local weather disaster disproportionately impacts the communities Mercy Corps works with – individuals going through poverty, battle, environmental degradation, and extra frequent and unpredictable excessive climate. And the people most impacted by local weather change have typically contributed the least to it.

We associate with native communities on local weather options, from adaptation to sustainable vitality, that deliver sensible, significant change on the native degree, then mobilize our world crew to scale and replicate them worldwide.

Local weather Week is a chance for us to study from peer and associate organizations, construct new partnerships, and unlock new concepts and alternatives for collaboration throughout sectors to deal with the best menace of our time. 

No single group can resolve the complicated points going through the world right this moment – and it’ll take all of us, throughout all sectors to advance the local weather motion our world wants now. That is why we champion partnerships that deliver collectively experience, concepts, instruments, and assets in help of the shared objective of making a greater world – that’s what we’re most wanting ahead to.

The brand new commitments, concepts, and partnerships that come out of Local weather Week will make a distinction in defending our planet and other people already experiencing the implications of the local weather disaster.”


Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope

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Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope

NetHope‘s participation in Local weather Week is greater than simply constructing consciousness. The crux of our Local weather Interactions program lies in our neighborhood of humanitarian and preservation organizations, their ecosystems, thematic initiatives, native and marginalized communities, and know-how companions. Our imaginative and prescient is to assist decrease or cut back the affect of local weather change on weak individuals by more practical and modern use of digital applied sciences for resilience and adaptation. NetHope is a consortium of main world nonprofits with over 60 nonprofit Member organizations who collectively serve over 1.67 billion individuals in 190 international locations, and greater than 50 company know-how companions that collaboratively work to deal with world challenges by leveraging digital options.

NetHope believes we may also help cut back or decrease a few of the shorter-term impacts of local weather change by leveraging the mixed expertise and data of our neighborhood. The catastrophic menace posed by local weather change, with the potential to nullify a long time of humanitarian development, has catapulted it to one of many 5 prime priorities we have now at NetHope and is shared by our humanitarian and conservation Members.

Tackling the local weather disaster, requires daring, collective motion. NetHope seems ahead to Local weather Week, to COP28, and past, working with likeminded companions to assist leverage the attain of the NetHope neighborhood through digital, information, and partnerships to assist extra individuals in additional locations within the face of sure local weather change.”


Kelly Erhart, Co-founder and President of Vesta

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Kelly Erhart, President of Vesta

Vesta seems ahead to the solutions-oriented and connective nature of Local weather Week.

Vesta’s power as a company comes from the immense cross-sector collaboration we have now mobilized to advance Coastal Carbon Seize as a nature-based carbon elimination resolution.

Local weather Week presents a novel alternative to attach with corporates, buyers, technical specialists, and different organizations within the area to advance business data and workshop options to key growth blockers.

Local weather Week is a crucial contact level for Vesta with the bigger environmental neighborhood and presents unparalleled alternatives for us to ascertain further partnerships as a way to advance Coastal Carbon Seize alongside its path to changing into probably the most scalable, price efficient, and vitality environment friendly type of everlasting carbon elimination.”  


Cecelia Foxworthy, CEO of Agora Partnerships

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Cecelia Foxworthy, CEO of Agora Partnerships

“Participation in Local weather Week helps Agora Partnerships be on the vanguard of local weather applied sciences, improvements, and fashions as we develop our Cisco Basis-supported digital repository of eco improvements for SMEs in Latin America.

These areas of interchange the place the local weather is on the heart of discussions, are of utmost significance to our group, not solely to study from the titans and innovators of the business but in addition to share our perspective and make sure the challenges and alternatives associated to local weather in Latin America are being talked about.

We stay up for assembly previous companions we’ve labored with over time, and to assembly new associates as we alternate concepts and collaborate to guard our planet and all its beings.”



Deborah Stern, Co-Founding father of Capital for Local weather

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Deborah Stern, Co-Founding father of Capital for Local weather

Capital for Local weather’s objective is to information and speed up capital allocation to attain a internet zero, nature constructive, simply transition. With Cisco Basis’s partnership, we’re creating the world’s most complete Nature-based Resolution (NbS) Funding Platform – powering the community of NbS opportunity-focused buyers to confidently allocate with the fitting information, instruments and neighborhood. Mobilizing capital to Brazil’s NbS is one pressing focus.

“Local weather Week – gotta like it. It presents a tremendous crucible to make mission-critical connections – from white-board classes with our closest collaborators (some we’ve by no means met in particular person!), to forming new relationships at a myriad of occasions.

Uncovered to a wealth of data, individuals, tasks, we get to see an ever-richer map of the ‘tribe’ and to faucet into the stream of rising narratives … that may…that can…which might be…dashing our collective success. 

On the flip aspect – Local weather Week may be completely dizzying.  So, I plan my agenda, however particularly stay up for the serendipities that always yield exceptional connections, enabling quantum leaps for my work and our collective mission.” 


Eric Berlow, CEO of Vibrant Information Labs

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Eric Berlow, CEO of Vibrant Information Labs

Vibrant Information Labs (VDL) is proud to be on the bottom for Local weather Week this 12 months and our mission is obvious: assist all of the disparate arms which might be engaged on the existential disaster of our time, come collectively to collaborate extra successfully and strategically towards world local weather justice outcomes. 

VDL has been requested as a featured presenter alongside main local weather finance buyers, philanthropists, scientists, and motion builders. At these occasions, we are going to showcase how we deliver our distinctive ecological perspective and novel information science approaches to constructing instruments that result in larger collaboration throughout the local weather change ecosystem. 

All through the week, we could have the chance to interact with our long-time companions in particular person, meet new leaders, and study from the sector.

We hope to deliver a uncommon mixture of science and hope as all of us stay up for the challenges forward. Being current at Local weather Week will assist VDL proceed to know and outline the largest affect function our crew can have on this rising area.”


Nicole Etchart, Co-Founder and CEO of NESsT

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Nicole Etchart, CEO of NESsT

“This 12 months, throughout Local weather Week, NESsT will collaborate with leaders from varied sectors throughout the Amazon, together with authorities representatives, Indigenous and conventional communities, buyers, and native companies, to launch the Pan-Amazonian Community on Bioeconomy.

On the occasion, we are going to collectively current the suggestions generated by 300 members and 100 establishments who took half within the Belem Panamazonia Bioeconomy Convention on June twenty first and twenty second, 2023. The launch goals to underscore the significance of conserving the Amazon and selling sustainable growth, with a particular concentrate on climate-smart approaches that strengthen biodiversity and contain conventional communities within the area.

As a part of the Pan-Amazonian community on Bioeconomy, NESsT seeks to amplify the voices of Indigenous and conventional communities within the bioeconomy and join extra native, environmentally aware companies within the rainforest to sustainable markets.

Via the NESsT Amazonia Initiative, we presently help a portfolio of 48 enterprises which might be driving bioeconomy options and enhancing the well-being of conventional communities whereas safeguarding the setting. This portfolio encompasses a various vary of options, from Indigenous-led initiatives supporting Amazon River fishers to early-stage tech corporations devoted to delivering and increasing local weather options within the Amazon.”


Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO of Photo voltaic Sister

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Katherine Lucey, Founder & CEO of Photo voltaic Sister

“Attending Local weather Week is a good alternative to interact with various stakeholders concerned in local weather justice. Photo voltaic Sister emphasizes girls’s essential function in implementing and adopting clear vitality options, particularly in rural and underserved areas, and we’re deeply dedicated as a key participant within the intersection of local weather change, girls’s empowerment, and clear vitality. By showcasing how girls’s financial empowerment and clear vitality go hand-in-hand, Photo voltaic Sister underscores the message that tackling local weather change and gender inequality is a synergistic effort. 

Local weather Week offers a outstanding platform to amplify the significance of Photo voltaic Sister’s mission to a worldwide viewers. Attending presents alternative to fulfill with potential companions, donors, and different stakeholders to foster collaborations, funding alternatives, and new initiatives. Moreover, Local weather Week is a superb discussion board to study helpful insights into the newest applied sciences, finest practices, and insurance policies within the clear vitality sector from different business leaders and innovators. 

As CEO of Photo voltaic Sister, I stay up for leveraging the alternatives that Local weather Week presents to advance our mission, foster collaborations, and encourage larger change within the struggle towards local weather change and gender inequality. It’s inspiring to reconnect with colleagues working in the direction of a extra sustainable future.” 



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