Speakers

Climate Solutions Summit, Jackson 2024

Speakers

Rollie Williams
Rollie Williams

Creator and Host

Climate Town

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Marine biologist, policy expert, and writer

Benji Backer
Benji Backer

Executive Chairman and Founder

American Conservation Coalition (ACC)

David Roberts
David Roberts

Founder

Volts

Rollie Williams

Rollie Williams

Creator and Host
Climate Town

Rollie Williams is a Brooklyn-based comedian, video editor, and guy with both student debt and a Climate Science & Policy degree from Columbia University. He is the creator and host of the digital comedy series Climate Town, an exhaustively researched YouTube channel focused on the climate crisis. In the past few years, Climate Town has amassed 560,000 YouTube subscribers, several millions views, a handful of awards, and has spawned a delightfully engaged Discord community. Rollie is also the co-creator of The Climate Denier’s Playbook, a podcast he hosts with childhood friend/Daily Show writer Nicole Conlan. When he’s not feverishly researching climate change, Rollie plays an unhealthy amount of pool and recently achieved his dream of commentating for the World Cup of Pool in England.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Marine biologist, policy expert, and writer

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and writer. She is co-founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab, co-editor of the bestselling climate anthology All We Can Save, co-creator and co-host of Spotify/Gimlet’s flagship climate podcast How to Save a Planet, and author of the forthcoming book What If We Get it Right?: Visions of Climate Futures. She serves on the board of directors for Patagonia, received the Schneider Award for climate communication, and was on the Time 100 Next List. She is in love with climate solutions.

Benji Backer

Benji Backer

Executive Chairman and Founder
American Conservation Coalition (ACC)

Benji Backer is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), the largest right-of-center environmental organization in the country, and the author of The Conservative Environmentalist: Common Sense Solutions for a Sustainable Future. A proud graduate of the University of Washington, Benji has been awarded the Fortune 40 Under 40, Forbes 30 Under 30, GreenBiz 30 Under 30, and Grist 50. He serves as a Board member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Climate Change Commission, the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, and BridgeUSA. A frequent contributor to national media outlets, Benji is one of the leading youth environmental voices in the country. Above all, Backer is an avid outdoorsman who spends most of his free time in the mountains out West.

David Roberts

David Roberts

Founder
Volts

David Roberts has been reporting on climate change and clean energy issues for 20 years, first at Grist.org, then at Vox, and now at his own newsletter and podcast, Volts. He lives in Seattle with his family, three dogs, and a cat.