Maria Virginia Olano

Connecting our Community: A New Webinar Series

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world over the course of a few weeks. Our lives have been impacted deeply as we adapt to a new normal, distant from our friends and family, and our colleagues.  For movement builders and advocates,...

A Global Pandemic & A Climate Crisis: Eerily Similar Impacts with Starkly Different Responses

In a matter of weeks, the world — and our lives — have transformed in response to a public health crisis. Throughout China, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, workers have been on lockdown for weeks. Now, companies across the U.S....

Communicating the climate crisis

Communicating the climate crisis is a critical part of moving policy solutions forward and gaining the collective buy-in necessary for creating a future that is not dependent on the heat trapping gases that have resulted in this crisis. However, this...

10 years in a climate nutshell: where did the last decade get us?

New Year’s is often a time for reflection and goal-setting, when we collectively take time to look back on the past year and make promises to ourselves about what we will intentionally do better next year. This time, it’s not...

eXchange ‘19 Midwest: Third carbon solutions summit concludes in Minnesota

Our final Carbon Solutions Summit for this year concluded this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a phenomenal turn out, important discussions, new partnerships, and importantly, a renewed momentum for the work that lies ahead.  We convened over 200 stakeholders – including...

Is the Paris Agreement in Trouble? How Trump’s lawsuit could affect the future of cap-and-trade

Last week, the Justice Department sued the state of California and nonprofit partner Western Climate Initiative for its partnership with the province of Québec on the linkage of the two governments' carbon emissions trading scheme. The lawsuit is the latest in...

Carbon pricing is ‘single most powerful’ way to combat climate change, and the IMF agrees

Last week, carbon pollution pricing got a heavy – and hopefully monumental – endorsement when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deemed the policy the “single most powerful” tool to deal with the climate crisis. It comes after an upswing of...

eXchange Southwest: Hundreds convene to discuss smart, ambitious climate policy

After last week’s global climate march one thing was clear: there is more momentum and public support than ever before for meaningful climate action. The question that remains to be answered is what that action is, how it differs in...

The Amazon burns, but it’s ourselves we need to be praying for

As a diver, the vastness and power of the ocean have always been both grounding and humbling to me. Humbling because when in the ocean, you can see how small, vulnerable, and –dare I say –insignificant we really are, and...