Societal Influences and Social Justice in the Energy Transformation
Thursday, 28. October 2021
4:30 to 6:00pm (CEST)
The Plenary Session duration is 1:30 hours.

Societal Influences and Social Justice in the Energy Transformation

This session brings together experts addressing key elements of the societal actions needed to achieve a successful transformation to 100% renewable energy, the challenges societies, and communities face, and the need to encompass the principles of JEDI (Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion).


Paulette Middleton - Moderator

Paulette is a strong advocate for the rapid transformation of the global energy system to renewable energy for all, used wisely and efficiently. Working closely with ISES is an excellent way to contribute to the transformation.  During her 40-year career as an atmospheric chemist specializing in assessments that bring science to support appropriate decision-making related to energy and the environment, Paulette has come to deeply appreciate the need for this transformation. Paulette strives to effectively use my expertise in research/analyses, program development, and communications/marketing, along with my commitment to collaborative problem solving, to advance ISES’ work. Her professional experience includes leadership positions at University of Texas (PhD Chemistry 1973), National Center for Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at the State University of New York at Albany, Science & Policy Associates, Inc., and RAND.  Ongoing activities include Global Emissions IniAtive (GEIA) coordinator since 1991 and science-based environment/energy advisor to a wide variety of public and private, and stakeholder consortium clients since 2002 through her company Panorama Pathways.  In addition to being ISES Board Member, Paulette also is past Co-Chair of American Solar Energy Society Board of Directors (the USA Section of ISES).

Stefan Rahmstorf

Jennie C. Stephens

Helen Watts

Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Director of Innovation and Partnerships. She oversees Student Energy's global fund development and co-leads new programming with public, private, and civil society sector organizations. Helen is co-leading Student Energy's Global Youth Energy Outlook, which will launch November 2021 at the UNFCCC’s COP26. Helen co-Founded the Greenpreneurs virtual incubator for youth-led social enterprises in the Global South along with co-Founders at Youth Climate Lab and the Global Green Growth Institute. Helen played an instrumental role in the Energy Transition Action Track of the UNSG Climate Action Summit in 2019 to bring youth engagement to the energy transition programme, participated as one of 200 participants in the 2019 Sustainable Energy for All Charrettes, and is currently participating in the Indo-Pacific Youth Dialogue 2020 as a youth policy representative on Climate Change and Natural Disaster Risk Management. Helen has spoken at forums around the world to advocate for meaningful youth engagement in climate and energy decision-making and is one of Canada’s 2018 Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in 2017.

Anna Skowron

Anna Skowron is a passionate advocate for a 100% renewable energy future. She heads the World Future Council's Energy and Just Development program, where she supports countries and civil society to develop country-tailored, long-term renewable energy strategies and legislators to develop enabling policy frameworks, maximizing the manifold benefits of renewables and breaking up silo-thinking. Before joining the WFC, Anna has worked with the Climate Action Network’s 100% RE campaign and with the UN in Indonesia.