Climate Protectors
 
 

AN INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY OF OUTSTANDING PIONEERS

Inspiring young change makers and their parents in position of influence as key actors in co-creating a model of transformative Climate Action

THE CLIMATE PROTECTOR MODEL

“Climate Protectors” is an intergenerational community of outstanding pioneers. Inspiring young change makers and awe-inspiring parents in position of influence co-creating a new reality with and for their children. To reveal the potential of parents in postion of influence to have transfomative impact, «Climate Protector» is designing groundbreaking approaches and curating unique content and tools with internationally renowned and leading experts in climate action and solutions at scale.

An invaluable and untapped asset is the small number of people in positions of leadership, equipped with extraordinary talents, unique personalities and mindsets, networks, skills, expertise, leadership, influence, resources and power that put them in a very unique position, from where their decisions and actions can have large scale impact and major ripples effects to shape our systems and societies toward a regenerative and sustainable model.

The 0.1% of the people with outstanding influence have the potential to be the biggest change makers in the environmental crisis. Among those who belong to the 0.1% and who embark on a new path toward sustainability, the vast majority have been profoundly shaped by the realizations of the urgency to act to protect and shield their children from a system collapse induced by climate change.

History is always written by pioneers.

People in position of great influence who leverage their unique talents to tackle climate change can become the most impactful leaders in the transition and become the new role models and trend setters for the whole society, establishing a new social norm for all to be embraced and emulated.

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ABOUT CLIMATE PROTECTORS

Teens, Parents and Climate experts co-creating a groundbreaking model for transformative climate action

“Climate Protectors” is an intergenerational community of outstanding pioneers, inspiring young people and forward thinking parents embarking on an extraordinary journey to co-create a new reality.

To reveal the potential of intergenerational collaboration, “Climate Protectors” curates and gathers internationally renowned experts in climate solutions, as well as creating tailored toolkits of the most effective tools for meaningful and impactful leadership around climate action.

Climate Protectors gathers and curates leading experts on climate to give access to  nuanced yet clear information to allows people in position of influence to leverage their unique talents and skills for transformative impact in the most effective way.


 

SAMPLE OF EXPERTS AND SPEAKERS

Bertrand Badré Former Director of the World Bank

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Jim Dratwa Head of the Ethics department of the European Commission

Dr. Yamina Saheb Lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report

Cédric Ringenbach Founder of the Climate Fresk

Srdja Popovic Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Ari Appel Liaison between the White House and climate organizations

Dr. Julia Steinberger Author of the IPCC

Antoinette Vermilye Founder of Gallifrey Foundation and co-founder of She Changes Climate

Arthur Auboeuf Co founder of Team for the Planet

Emmanuel Faber Former CEO of Danone, Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board.

Jonathan Foley Executive Director of Project Drawdown

Adelaïde Charlier leading member of Fridays For Future, recipient of the “Ambassador of Conscience award” by Amnesty International

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Claire Davanne World Bank Climate Change governance specialist
Maxime de Rostolan Founder of Sailcoop, Planteurs d’Avenir, Fermes d’Avenir, Blue Bees and la Bascule



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CLIMATE PROTECTORS PIONEERS

History is always written by pioneers. « Climate Protectors Pionners » is a community of successful, talented, courageous and visionary leaders who stand out as they imagine and design a new path that can then be followed by all.

Climate Protectors Pioneers are elevated so their successes can become a blueprint to be replicated and scaled, so those successes can make possible the shift to regenerative and sustainable practices in every field

THE PIONNERS

Didier Rubiolo, founder of the unique establishment, CONSCIENTIA, a first multi-featured center for environmental innovation in Monaco focusing on the well-being of the community and of the planet. Didier was the co-founder and CEO of the iconic 1800-square-meters Stars’n’Bars restaurant established in 1993 with Kate Powers. They lived on a sailing boat and which they put at the disposal of NGOs which were studying the Mediterranean and the impact of climate change leading them to have a unique and deep understanding on the subject. Didier was a pioneer in the field of sustainability in the early 2000, he led initiatives to reduce carbon footprint in the hospitality sector through the use of local and sustainable ingredients and eco-centric food technology and practices, he established a 100 square meter vegetable patch and the restaurant was the first establishment in Monaco to turn away from plastic straws, bottled water, and non-biodegradable containers. 100% of their electricity comes from renewable energy sources. Didier and Kate created Monocology a workshops to raise awareness about sustainability in Monaco’s schools and collaborated with Monaco’s government on making it part of the curriculum.

Bertrand Jelensperger is a serial entrepreneur and business angel renowned for the positive impact of his initiatives on society and the environment. In 1995 still a student he foresaw that digital would revolutionize the economy and society, in 1999 he launched his first company. He was the Senior VP of TripAdvisor Restaurants. He is the founder of TheFork (formerly LaFourchette), now operating in more than 20 countries with a network of more than 13,000 restaurant partners. He is the Former Senior Vice President TripAdvisor Restaurants at TripAdvisor Inc. After realizing the urgency and gravity of climate change, Jelensperger launched the 2 Tons Club, which follows a personal journey made with his family which went from 12 to 3 tons of CO emitted per year per person. This platform is inspired by Weight Watchers programs to design community systems that will promote desirable changes, while providing scientific information. He is the CEO of the series of farm-restaurants “Mûre” to change the food industry into a virtuous and circular model connecting local organic farms and the customers of the restaurants.

Tristan Lecomte, is a serial social entrepreneur, is a pioneer in the fields of supply chain sustainability and climate change, a published author of five books, and a public figure in the environmental space. He has been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, The Forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, and TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. Tristan is the founder of Alter Eco, selling Fair Trade and organic products in France, US and Australia. He also founded PUR Project, a certified B corporation that works with companies to achieve their net-zero climate goals through nature-based solutions. Since 2008, PUR Projet has developed over 60 projects in 40 countries that sequester CO2 through reforestation, agroforestry, conservation and regenerative agriculture, and was successfully acquired in October 2022.  Tristan also co-founded the International Platform for Insetting, a business-led organization advocating for climate action at the source of global value chains. Most recently, Tristan launched his fourth venture, Second Life, a social enterprise focused on ocean plastics, waste recycling and recovery projects. A passionate leader and visionary in sustainable development and environmental economics, Tristan currently sits on the board of the 1t.org Advisory Council, as well as the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

Daniele Nannetti, Founder and CEO of Villa Petriolo a 5 star luxury hotel in the heart of picturesque Tuscany, entirely sustainable from its swimming pool to its Michelin Green Star restaurant. Villa Petriolo is the first hotel in Europe to obtain the renowned Iso Sustainable Tourism certification. This 15th-century GSTC certified organic farming estate takes a 0km approach to every part of its offering, the produce used for the hotel are done on site with the finest olive oil, ancient grains, wine, honey, dairy, and cosmetics made from its harvest on site. The water is heated by 100% in-house solar energy then reused to irrigate the gardens which are exclusively home to Tuscan plants, and a purifier has been installed in the lake to create a small ecological oasis for fish and waterfowl while also serving as a renewable water source. Guests can explore the 15km network of trails which across the plastic-free property on foot, horseback, e-bicycle or e-cars (which are recharged using the villa’s solar panels), and to support the hotel’s project with Save the Planet to create a reforestation area by purchasing and planting trees. Guests can horse-ride among the olive groves, truffle-forage in the forest, or handling falcons in all their wild beauty. Villa Petriolo was received many international awards including the award for best boutique hotel.

Louis Albert de Broglie, also known as the Prince Gardener transformed the pastoral grounds of his stunning Castle and luxury hotel, Château de la Bourdaisière in the Loire Valley, into an experiment in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. De Broglie heads the renowned editing house Deyrolle, established in 1831 which has inspired artists from Salvador Dali to Damian Hirst.  This magnificent museum and cabinet of curiosities in the heart of Paris is creating pedagogical materials and books that, under the leadership of De Broglie, expanded to include new content focused on biodiversity, climate change and the preservation of the environment. As the New York Time writes about Louis Albert “Prince Louis-Albert de Broglie, a member of one of France’s most distinguished families, has long been more interested in conservation than in consumption.” De Broglie is designing regenerative gardens for cities, luxury hotels and the Hermes Foundation among others.

Marco Berrebi, business and social entrepreneur who has developed leading companies in the field of algorithms, tech and telemedicine was nominated by Time Magazine among the 25 most influential European leaders in technology. Berrebi is the Founder of Reffetorio, an exclusive restaurant under the Church of the  Madeleine in the most elegant arrondissement of Paris which serves up to 5,000 meals a day to people “in situations of social vulnerability and from underserved communities” for free. The healthy, gastronomic dining experience are made with donated and repurposed food donated saved from being wasted and cooked by the most renowned chefs of the world including Michelin star chefs, the chef of the Crillon or Plaza palace hotel. Berrebi is the co-founder of the College Citoyen de France, equipping outstanding leaders with a curriculum to equip them with knowledge and tools to have the most impact on a large scale on public policies and society at large. He is the Producer of world renowned artists including JR. He is also produced a movie which was nominated in several festivals.

Bertrand Badré was the Director of the World Bank becoming G7 and G20 Finance Deputy and a Member of the Financial Stability Board. Badré is particularly known for leading WBG efforts on Financing for Development. He contributed to the breakthrough joint International Monetary Fund/EIB/Multilateral development bank “Billions to Trillions”, focusing on developing countries’ capacity to mobilize public and private resources and on public/private cooperation. He co-chairs the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum on Sustainable Development, Public Private Cooperation and International governance which promotes the same ideas. He is the author of “Can finance save the world?” prefaced by  Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the UK and by the president of France, Emmanuel Macron. He is the CEO and Founder of Blue Like an Orange Capital, an investment fund that aims to finance the Sustainable Development Goals with market level financial returns.

 

THE TEAM

Dani Varadi, is the Founder and President of “Climate Protectors”, an intergenerational community of outstanding pioneers; inspiring young people, forward thinking parents and internationally renowned experts, embarking on an extraordinary journey to co-create a groundbreaking model for transformative climate action and shape a new reality. Dani Varadi is the founder and co-director of I Am Your Protector, a global non-profit whose mission is to empower people and communities to rise as each other’s protectors in particular across lines of perceived divide and conflict. I Am Your Protector reached over 4 million people, created and was featured in more than 150 initiatives across 25 cities. I Am Your Protector was invited to join President Obama at the Obama summit as a civic leader for the impact of its work. Dani Varadi has been presenting and advising to foundations, organizations, international conferences and universities.

Maxime de Rostolan, Cofounder with an engineering degree in hand, Maxime left for 2 years in a truck to study water issues around the world. Returning to France in 2007, he took over the management of the Deyrolle publishing house, where he rehabilitated the illustrated educational materials, designing more than 150 thematic posters on the issues of sustainable development. At the same time, he set up Blue Bees, the first crowdfunding platform authorized to offer paid loans, specializing in food and agricultural projects. He discovered biomimicry, and created the Biomimicry France association, then permaculture. He then trained in organic market gardening and moved to Touraine in 2014 to found the Fermes d’Avenir association and launch his own experimental microfarm. He developed the association by creating training and advice programs, competitions to help farmers and an agrecology tour of France. He is very involved in the law of the General States of Food and proposes several amendments, including one on payment for ecosystem services, voted on and then censored by the constitutional council. He left Fermes d’Avenir at the beginning of 2019 to launch La Bascule, a citizen lobbying movement, accompanied by dozens of students determined to change the system. Currently, he is working to create Planteurs d’Avenir, a network of participatory nurseries dedicated to agroforestry, and has launched Sailcoop, a sailing passenger transport cooperative.

Claire Davanne, Treasurer of Climate Protectors is a specialist of public sector governance with over 10 years of experience in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, including organizations such as the World Bank, the French Embassy in the United States and the European Commission in Brussels. In the field of climate change governance, Claire currently contributes to the World Bank analysis of institutional capacities in the Global South to address climate change’s effects, by assessing mitigation and adaptation policies relevant to each context. Key to formulating recommendations are verifiable assessments based on measurable methodologies. In the field of public participation in decision making processes, Claire is currently co-designing an unprecedented citizens’ assembly in Africa. Previous assignments included support for public sector reforms aiming at inclusive, efficient service. Claire youth-led initiatives and participatory development in the Middle East and North Africa region as well as in Kenya. Claire is a regular contributor to international research projects.

Samuel Grzybowski, Director of Climate Protectors founded “Coexister”, France’s leading youth interfaith organization, at the age of 16, which became a leading organization across Europe. He is the founder of Convivencia, a consulting company for public institutions such as the Ministry of Justice in France and companies for inclusion. He is an Ashoka fellow and was awarded as the social Entrepreneur of the year by Ashoka International. He received the Emerging Young Leaders Award from the US department of state and was invited by Pope Francis for the outstanding impact of his work. He is the author of the books “Tous les chemins mènent à l’autre“ and “Manifeste pour une coexistence active“ and “Fraternité radicale“ on inclusion and social justice.

Emma BiardContent Designer and Facilitator is an engineer, she graduated from Centrale Nantes. She leads trainings on ecological issues in large organizations and companies, particularly at the level of senior executives. She leads the massive deployment of the Fresque du Climat the groundbreaking workshop created by Blue Choice, the consulting firm of Cédric Ringenbach. She is the co-founder of fertîles, which offers training on issues of cooperation and ways of engaging in transition.

Ninon Lagarde, Content Designer and Facilitator, after graduation in Public communication and in education sciences Ninon successively worked for different NGOs, as Head of communication, and more recently as consultant to develop citizen mobilization and advocacy campaigns for climate change. She has always worked with young people in order to give them a voice in the challenges of their generation such as democracy and climate change.

 

 

Margherita Sparaco, President of “Climate Protectors Next Gen”, is based in Monaco and is originally from Rome, Italy. She is a student at the International School of Monaco, where she discovered her passion for ocean conservation and sustainability through the Climate Protectors initiative. She loves public speaking, her way of advocating for change, sharing her ideas, inspiring others, and making a positive impact.

Aimee Kennerley, President of “Climate Protectors Next Gen” Geneva Student body sustainability representative and student at the International School of Geneva. She has a passion for environmental activism and sustainability. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact, she is actively engaged in sustainability at school and participates in public speaking to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues and inspire others to take action. Aimee hopes to grow and develop her activism as she continues with her education.

THE BOARD

Cedric Ringenbach, founder of The Climate Fresk. Cedric is an engineer and lead The Shift Project From 2010 to 2016, a leading think tank on climate and energy, chaired by Jean-Marc Jancovici, which has significantly impacted national and European policy-making with regard to the climate and energy issues. In 2017, the think tank was at the origin of the « Decarbonize Europe Manifesto », a call upon all European actors businesses and public authorities to implement concrete and coherent strategies which can meet the challenge posed by climate change among the 1500 prestigious signatories are SNCF, Michelin, Orange, HSBC France and CNRS.

Cedric designed the Climate Fresk a pedagogical tool that allows in 3 hours to understand all the science, the factors and their interactions that result in climate change and empowers to take action. The Climate Fresk was used by over 1 million people, companies and institutions, including by L’Oreal, the Mayor’s office of Paris, TF1 leading French tv channel, EDF, and Science Po University.

Dr. Yamina Saheb is an engineer, economist and PhD in energy. She is the lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is hightest internationally accepted authority on climate change.The IPCC Is the intergovernmental body of the United Nations and has the largest peer review process in the scientific community about climate change.

She is a senior expert at the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2013, and at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in charge of the analysis of European energy efficiency policies.

Nicolas Hennon, former general director of Kiabi, President of «Acts and Facts» and co-author of the book «Transformer votre entreprise en alliant stratégie et humanisme» and impact investor.

After shifting several large-scale companies to make them more sustainable and socially conscious, Hennon co-founded « Chapter 2 » to accompany leaders in the shift of their companies, revealing their potential to act for the environment.

OUR STORY

“Climate Protectors” is an initiative of I Am Your Protector (IAYP), which was invited by President Obama for its groundbreaking model and its achievement of transformative impact. IAYP reached over 4 million people, created more than 150 initiatives across 25 cities, such as large scale public campaigns hosted by the Mayor of London, the Mayor of Geneva and at the United Nations. IAYP was covered by outlets such as TIME magazine, CNN, Huffington Post, The Independent and endorsed by Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Bill de Blasio Mayor of New York.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CLIMATE PROTECTORS

Karen Bond is American-born has worked as a life coach and yoga instructor in both the United States and Europe as well as having extensive experience in the food and hospitality sector. She is a Communications graduate from the University of Boulder, Colorado and has completed certification training at Pure Prana Yoga and Radiant Children schools. Karen is a mother of two and sees that her mission today is to teach young adults basic tools that will allow them to evolve through mindfulness and empowering themselves through self regulation techniques and emotional intelligence. She believes that the brain works together with the mind and body, impacting our thoughts, beliefs, habits, and emotions that we have with ourselves and with others.

Didier Rubiolo, is the founder of the unique establishment, CONSCIENTIAE, a first multi-featured center for environmental innovation in Monaco focusing on the well-being of the community and of the planet, which will be unveiled this year. Didier was the co-founder and CEO of the iconic Stars’n’Bars restaurant established in 1993 with his partner Kate Powers. They lived on a sailing boat and lent it to NGOs that were studying the Mediterranean and the impact of climate change which led them to have a unique and deep understanding on the subject. Didier was a pioneer in the field of sustainability in the early 2000, he led initiatives to reduce carbon footprint in the hospitality sector through the use of local and sustainable ingredients and eco-centric food technology and practices, he established a 100 square meter vegetable patch and the restaurant was the first establishment in Monaco to turn away from plastic  straws, bottled water, and non-biodegradable containers. 100% of their electricity comes from renewable energy sources. Didier and Kate created Monocology a workshops to raise awareness about sustainability in Monaco’s schools and collaborated with Monaco’s government on making it part of the curriculum.

Varsha Rea has been an educator in many fields for all of her life. Starting her career teaching young primary school children where she formulated her lifetime motto “ Nurture the Youth for they shall inherit the Earth “ She is a highly competent project manager and one of her many educational projects was establishing a co-educational International School in a major Gulf State aimed at encouraging more girls to participate in education and more fully in both society and the economy.  A high degree of cultural sensitivity was required and communication skills to allow parents to consider and embrace the value of educating their daughters from primary to higher education and University. A mother of two and now with 2 grandchildren (and one more due!) she understands very well the need to protect our single precious resource- this remarkable planet and our health and well being to enjoy it to the fullest. A highly trained Yoga teacher with a passion for organic sustainable and seasonal food and diet as medicine she understands the pressing need to educate our children on their responsibilities as continuing stewards both of the planet and their own place within it.  She is also a great believer in our need to be physically active as part of taking responsibility for our own health and wellbeing and for the importance of creating real connection between people within a conscious and caring community.

Stéphanie Ayre, mother of 3 children, after studying international law in Paris Pantheon Sorbonne; travelled a lot between Asia, Australia and Europe with her family. In order to guide her children throughout their early childhood development, she passed a Montessori teacher diploma and successfully completed a course on leading change and school management at Harvard Business School. She also realised the impact of nutrition on children’s behaviour and decided to study nutrition and it’s impact on the brain development, the neurones and concentration. She was always actively involved in her children’s school in Thailand, France and Australia. For her “with caring comes excellence and confidence”. She firmly believes the child should be in the centre of the educational system and that it is not for the child to adapt to the system. She believes in nature and the importance of educating children so that they understand how to make a positive impact on our planet.

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