climate week 2020 Events

global Conversations on finance, risk,
and Investing in a low-carbon future 

In September 2020, 350 Silicon Valley sponsored a series of events for Climate Week NYC, which was all online—and thus international—this year. All of our panels and discussions dealt with various aspects of fossil fuel investments and the fiduciary duty of asset owners and institutional investors who must confront climate-related financial risk as they make investment decisions critical to their members' or beneficiaries' future.


Co-sponsors for the series of events included the Center for International Environmental Law, Climate-Safe Pensions Network, DivestNY, Fossil Free California, Friends of the Earth US, MassDivest Coalition, Reclaim Finance,,
Urgewald, the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, and We thank them all!

the State of the Fossil fuel Markets: COVID-19, Bailouts,
and the Future of Big Oil

  • Kathy Hipple, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA; slides)

  • Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth (slides

Climate Resilient Pensions: Lowering Risk, Lowering Emissions

  • Moderator: Jina Penn-Tracy,  Centered Wealth

  • Lars Erik Mangset, KLP, Norway 

  • Dr. Ellen Quigley Univ. of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

  • Steven Feit, Center for International Environmental Law

Coal Policy and Financial Risk: The High Road to Paris

  • Moderator: Ashish Fernandes, Climate Risk Horizons, Bangalore

  • Sylvain Vanston, AXA, Paris 

  • Heffa Schucking, Urgewald, Sassenberg

  • Lucie Pinson, Reclaim Finance, Paris

  • Leanne Govindsamy, Centre for Environmental Rights, Cape Town

  • Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg

Indigenous Rights and Women's Leadership: Central to Divestment Strategies
  • Moderator: Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN); Co-Director, Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations

  • Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation, Native rights activist, Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member

  • Monique Verdin, Houma Nation, Director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange

  • Michelle Cook, Diné, Founder of Divest Invest Protect, Founder and Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations 

Legislative strategies toward greener, safer Pensions

  • Moderator and keynote: U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL, see H.R. 3623)

  • California State Senator Ben Allen (SB 964)

  • New York State Senator Liz Krueger (S2126A)

  • Randi Mail, MassDivest Coalition (H.4440)

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the Fight for Polluter accountability

  • Moderator and keynote: U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

  • District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine

  • Mayor Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach, CA

  • Pamela Gilbert, Attorney, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP