A list of prominent activists, institutions and alliances.

Prominent Activists


Johan Rockström

Johan is one of the world’s most influential Earth scientists. As director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he advises governments, corporations and activists, about the latest research on the climate and biodiversity and argues for better science communication.


Kate Rayworth

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL).


David Attenborough

While Attenborough’s earlier work focused more on the wonders of the natural world, his later work has been more vocal in support of environmental causes. He has advocated for restoring planetary biodiversity, limiting human population growth, shifting to renewable energy, reducing meat consumption, and setting aside more areas for natural preservation.


Greta Thunberg

Greta is a Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation.


Bill Mckibben

Bill is an environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming.He is author of ‘The End of Nature’. It has been called the first book on global warming written for a general audience. McKibben had thought that simply stating the problem would provoke people to action.


Paul Watson

Paul is a conservation and environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-poaching and direct action group focused on marine conservation activism.


Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken founded Project Drawdown®, which is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Drawdown lists 100 projects to achieve drawdown with seven categories of solutions: energy, food, women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transport, and materials. 


Junko Edahiro

Junko Edahiro is one of most prominent environmental journalists in Japan.She has translated books of Lester Brown, Al Gore, Dennis Meadows, Donella Meadows, David Suzuki and many others into Japanese, and also writes books on climate change, energy, happiness, systems thinking, and many other sustainability topics. She promotes and facilitates environmental communication and dialogue among governments, corporations and citizens.

Academia and Government


Stockholm Resilience Centre

This is an international research centre on resilience and sustainability science. They are creators of the the planetary boundaries concept, a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. This is shown below.

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Its twofold mission is advancing the scientific frontier on inter-disciplinary climate impact research for global sustainability and contributing knowledge and solutions for a safe and just climate future.


Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL)

Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL) is part of the emerging global movement of new economic thinking. Its aim is to help create 21st century economies that are regenerative and distributive by design, so that they can meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet. This is Doughnut Economics. This is illustrated below.


Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society

The Institute is recognized as a leading expert institution in navigating the transition towards social justice and change in complex futures in Africa, and forms an institutional base for some of the top academics in the field.


Earth Institute Columbia University

Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward sustainability.The Earth Institute has become a world leader in the basic and applied knowledge required to achieve sustainability. Prof Sachs head of the Sustainability Centre has published numerous books.


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

Sida’s vision of everyone’s right to a good life, free from poverty and oppression, through sustainable development.


Stellenbosch University Sustainability Institute South Africa

The Institute is recognized as a leading expert institution in navigating the transition towards social justice and change in complex futures in Africa, and forms an institutional base for some of the top academics in the field.


Utrecht University Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development

Their mission is to have an positive impact on the transition to a sustainable society through the development of excellent and relevant knowledge, to influence political and private decisions by communicating this knowledge and by educating the change agents of the future.



Wellbeing Government Alliance (WeGo)

The Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership (WEGo) is a collaboration of national and regional governments promoting sharing of expertise and transferable policy practices. The aims are to deepen their understanding and advance their shared ambition of building well being economies. 


World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by making more sustainable business more successful.

WBCSD builds impactful coalitions and networks that:

  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge
  • Enable and accelerate the adoption of standards and tools
  • Create advocacy inputs for common policy asks

These, in turn, allow members to accelerate the transformation of major economic systems, in line with Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and Vision 2050.


United Nations (UN) Global Compact

This is the worlds largest corporate sustainability initiative which aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want. To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to:

  1. Do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and
  2. Take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate is a un global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals.



Ceres a nonprofit organization transforming the economy to build a just and sustainable future for people and the planet.



CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.Working with more than 590 investors with over $110 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Fully Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) aligned, CDP holds the largest environmental database in the world, and CDP scores are widely used to drive investment and procurement decisions towards a zero carbon, sustainable and resilient economy. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.


Climate Group

Climate Group is an international non-profit organisation whos goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all. They focus on systems with the highest emissions and where their networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. They are part of the We Mean Business Coalition.


The B Team

It is a team of global business and civil society leaders working to confront the current crisis of conformity in leadership.


The Sustainability Accelerator Network

The Sustainability Accelerator Network is a global group of consulting firms, non-profit organizations, university-based centers, and individual practitioners.


The Democracy Collaborative (TDC)

The Democracy Collaborative’s mission is to demonstrate in theory and in practice the principles of a democratic economy, offering a vision of what that economy can be, designing models that demonstrate how it operates, and building in coalition with others the pathways to a new reality.


We Mean Business (WMB)

We Mean Business Coalition, together with their extended network of partners, catalyze business and policy action to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate an inclusive transition to a net-zero economy.


Corporate Leaders Groups

Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership’s Corporate Leaders Groups bring together business leaders committed to supporting the transformation to competitive, sustainable, inclusive economies that will deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Climate Action 100+

Climate Action 100+ is an investor-led initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change.


Hyzon Zero Carbon Alliance

HZCA mission is to mobilize customers and industry to forge partnerships that create viable ecosystems and lifecycle solutions to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen mobility worldwide.