The Team behind Saving Our Planet.

Learn a little about the people behind Saving Our Planet and The Climate Cinema.

The Team behind Saving Our Planet.

Learn a little about the people behind Saving Our Planet and The Climate Cinema.
Stephan Savarese at Saving Our Planet
STEPHAN SAVARESE
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, BOARD MEMBER

A research engineer and since 2016, an independent science advisor for the industry, research institutions and government. He became involved in climate change information when he joined the NGO SLC – Sauvons Le Climat (savetheclimate.org), with a focus on climate science (what is exactly climate change? how does it work ?) and global warming mitigation (why and how fight it ?).

Liza Toth at Saving Our Planet
LIZA TOTH
CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT, BOARD MEMBER

A US attorney, who now lives in Hampshire, UK, and is a consultant specializing in Intellectual Property strategy. After 25 years as an intellectual property attorney in private

practice and high tech firms in Silicon Valley, she has begun a transition to environmental activism. This transition was catalyzed by Franny Armstrong’s film, “The Age of Stupid.”

Recalling her own resistance to watching the film, and the resistance of others with whom she tried to share it, she is all too aware of the psychological challenges of coming to grips with the seriousness of impending environmental changes. This awareness motivates her work with Hans Joergen and his team to help bring about the level of awareness and activity needed to keep the planet habitable for humans and wildlife.

Liza’s hobbies include wildlife photography (particularly water birds) and European languages (particularly Skype exchanges in French, German, Italian, Russian, Hungarian and Spanish).

HANS JOERGEN RASMUSSEN at Saving Our Planet
HANS JOERGEN RASMUSSEN
CO-FOUNDER, EDUCATOR, WEBMASTER, HONORARY PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBER

Creator of 'The Climate School' and our websites 'Saving Our Planet' and 'The Climate Cinema'

Born in Denmark, living since 1990 in northern Norway.

With a background of approx. 30 years of practising psychology and many years of teaching psychology in different contexts, he is now retired, working full time will climate activism.

His “wake up call” to climate change occurred in 2011, and since then he has combined his passion for photography, films and webdesign with his skills in teaching, in order to develop and implement our websites and educational programs.

Climate change is indeed an educational issue, and “The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It” (Robert Swan)

Bob Wornan at Saving Our Planet
BOB WORNAN
CO-FOUNDER, STRATEGIC VALIDATION, ONLINE LIBRARY MANAGER, BOARD MEMBER

Retired computer and technology consultant, interested in promoting carbon free energy using proven, cost effective technology, and promoting national initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide generation by a factor of four on a world-wide basis by 2050 as per the IPCC mitigation scenarios.

A scenario developed in France for the French situation provides the guidelines necessary to achieve these goals for many developed countries. It is both balanced, effective and affordable. The principal guidelines are as follows:

1. Heavily reduce the use of gas and virtually eliminate oil in residential and tertiary buildings,

2. Heavily reduce the use of oil in transportation,

3. Seriously limit the use of all fossil fuels in industry,

4. Greatly increase the part of electricity in the energy mix, including augmenting the use of nuclear and as long as electricity storage is not massively available, limit the part of intermittent sources while the transmission network is unable to support this form of energy without relying on gas backup.

Details of each of these actions are well defined.

Julie Wornan at Saving Our Planet
JULIE WORNAN
CO-FOUNDER, TREASURER, BOARD MEMBER

Has been active for many causes: against war, for nuclear disarmament, against ethnic cleansing, for human rights.

She co-founded AMIFELINS, a French association for the protection of felines in nature. But James Hansen’s book Storms of my Grandchildren convinced her that climate change is the greatest threat to our future. Realizing that young people particularly need to understand the situation, as they will bear the brunt of the changes but are also the future leaders and decision-makers, she wrote the illustrated novel Let’s Save our Planet (and its French version, Sauvons la Planète), which in a lively and creative way explains the danger of climate change to young people.

The book has its own page.

Her hobbies include photography and writing speculative fiction.

Ernest Mockus at Saving Our Planet
ERNEST MOCKUS
CTO, BOARD MEMBER

Has been active for many causes: against war, for nuclear disarmament, against ethnic cleansing, for human rights.

She co-founded AMIFELINS, a French association for the protection of felines in nature. But James Hansen’s book Storms of my Grandchildren convinced her that climate change is the greatest threat to our future. Realizing that young people particularly need to understand the situation, as they will bear the brunt of the changes but are also the future leaders and decision-makers, she wrote the illustrated novel Let’s Save our Planet (and its French version, Sauvons la Planète), which in a lively and creative way explains the danger of climate change to young people.

The book has its own page.

Her hobbies include photography and writing speculative fiction.

CHARLES APPLEBYat Saving Our Planet
CHARLES APPLEBY
CO-FOUNDER, DEPUTY TREASURER, BOARD MEMBER

Could people really allow climate change to wreck our planet? After the Paris Agreement by World Leaders in December 2015, I am very concerned at the slow progress with the essential action required to reduce and remove CO2. Having spent 20+ years in sales, working for major computer companies, my instinct is the Paris Agreement is going to get implemented only if enough of us show politicians and World Leaders we want them to take action to keep global warming well below 2C.

It’s time to reach out to the wider public and inform them about the threats and solutions to climate change, and what people can do about it. That’s why I am leading the N0CO2 project for Saving Our Planet – to make it easy for people to help stop climate change. See www.N0CO2.org

I think about a young person in 2050’s. In the middle of massive climate breakdown. A World of failing crops, food shortages, rising sea levels, conflict over land, and millions of climate refugees. What on earth were you doing in 2018 to let this happen? What did you do to help stop climate change?

Carl Burness at Saving Our Planet
CARL BURNESS
CHIEF WEB DESIGNER AND DEVELOPER

Carl Burness is a graphic designer with 30 years’ experience of working for household names, including Sony, Intel and BT. He has been freelance for the past 16 years, during which time he also co-founded and ran a small book publisher and, separately, a magazine of new writing.

Carl is bringing his design, webmaster skills, blogging skills and search engine knowledge to the team to ensure that the message reaches the widest possible audience.

In 2018, as media consultant to a poet and performer, he was awarded a grant by the British Council and Arts Council England to bring new British climate change poetry to Australian audiences. In the UK, Carl has also worked for social enterprise, Eco-Shelter, and The Woodland Trust.

He lives on a solar-powered, historic narrowboat in the English countryside. He is an avid reader of quality literature and viewer of art/foreign films; writes his own short stories and novellas and enjoys designing new products.

Anna Schönbach at Saving Our Planet
Anna Schönbach
BOARD MEMBER

Anna Schönbach is an experienced teacher of foreign languages and since 2018 a facilitator and project coordinator of continuous professional development seminars for foreign language teachers in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Interested in pro-active approaches to environmental issues for decades, she became involved in teaching climate change at the vocational school of Landau (Palatinate in Germany) while working with a group of committed students who inspired her to tackle what they felt is the most crucial global problem of all. This was the reason why she joined SOP (Saving Our Planet) in 2016 and SLC (Sauvons le Climat) in 2017 and has worked on teaching tools enabling students to understand current climate policies, what is happening at climate conferences and what can be done about it. Anna Schönbach’s focus is promoting a discussion of manageable solutions for complex environmental issues in the classroom, providing teachers with suitable teaching resources based on valid information and enabling students to understand complex environmental problems and to make informed decisions in their roles as citizens, consumers and activists. Anna Schönbach’s experience shows that students can acquire these vital skills in foreign language classrooms.

Brice Lalonde at Saving Our Planet
Brice Lalonde
HONORARY MEMBER

Mr. Brice Lalonde was French Minister for the Environment from 1988 to 1992. He founded the environmental party "Génération Ecologie” (Environmental Generation), which he headed from 1992 to 2002. Brice Lalonde served as French Ambassador for Climate Change negociations from 2007 to 2011, and was Executive Coordinator of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. He is now President of the NGO EdEN (Équilibre des Énergies) which promotes low-carbon energy in France and Europe.

On the subject of energy, Brice Lalonde has pointed out that nuclear power is a natural part of the energy mix because it produces electricity, and electricity is the link between buildings, mobility and carbon-free power generation. See his talk [lemondedelenergie] here.

George Monbiot at Saving Our Planet
GEORGE MONBIOT. Honorary Member
WRITER AND JOURNALIST, AUTHOR OF NUMEROUS BOOKS AND ARTICLES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

George Joshua Richard Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain and Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding.