Peter Gleick Named to List of World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019

Wednesday, March 20th, Oakland, California – Today Apolitical announced its inaugural list of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019. The list includes Pacific Institute Co-Founder and President Emeritus Dr. Peter Gleick.

This global list celebrates politicians, civil servants, academics, and activists. Those recognized include high-profile advocates whose work is indispensable to raising awareness and demanding change. Others are rising stars who are making their mark in local communities and are a driving force behind governmental progress.

On the list, you’ll find remarkable people including:

  • Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who, within months, went from protesting outside parliament to addressing the UN Climate Change Conference.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest ever US congresswoman and lead advocate of the Green New Deal.
  • Hilda Heine, the president of the Marshall Islands spearheading their quest to go carbon-neutral by 2050.
  • David Attenborough, whose advocacy and widely-acclaimed programs have raised awareness of the devastating impacts of human society on the natural world.

The 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy list was curated from nominations from hundreds of public servants as well as experts at UNDP, Harvard, Oxford, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Climate Action Network and more.

“The need to reduce greenhouse gas emission is urgent. 174 countries and the EU agreed to act at the Paris Agreements. At Apolitical, we highlight the good work that government does and help it to become even better,” said Lisa Witter, Apolitical’s Executive Chairman. “By showcasing these climate policy leaders, we hope to encourage more collaboration and exchange to accelerate the effective response to the global climate threat.”


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The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. In pursuit of this vision, the Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges, such as unsustainable water management and use; climate change; environmental degradation; food, fiber, and energy production for a growing population; and basic lack of access to freshwater and sanitation. Since 1987, the Pacific Institute has cut across traditional areas of study and actively collaborated with a diverse set of stakeholders, including policymakers, scientists, corporate leaders, international organizations such as the United Nations, advocacy groups, and local communities. This interdisciplinary and nonpartisan approach helps bring diverse interests together to forge effective real-world solutions.