Kathy Baughman McLeod

  • Reaching One Billion People in Ten Years: We Have to Try

    Open up a newspaper today and it seems like trends are pointing to one global crisis after another. A recent United Nations report suggested that one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction by the end of the century. Every day, 45,000 people are forced to flee their homes due to conflict or natural disaster. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which contains enough ice to elevate sea levels up to 10 feet, is at risk of collapse.

    And then you read a story about a pregnant whale that washed up dead in Italy with 30 pounds of plastic in its stomach, and another one about the two back-to-back cyclones that devastated the people of Mozambique, and at this point, your heart is broken. The human toll and financial costs of these global challenges brings previously unimaginable realities to


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  • The Case for Getting Serious About Resilience

    On a recent trip to Antarctica with scientists studying the effects of climate change, Jeff Goodell witnessed a twenty-five-mile-by-forty-mile section of ice calve off West Antarctica and collapse into the sea. Even for Goodell, who has long written about the effects of climate change and is the author of “The Water Will Come,”a book that examines the impact of rising sea levels, this was “an eye-opening experience.”

    “It really gave me a sense of the scale of what we are facing with climate change,” he said.

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  • Atlantic Council Launches Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

    Center has a goal of enhancing the resilience ofone billion people by 2030

    The Atlantic Council on April 29 announced that it has received a $25-million gift from philanthropist Adrienne Arsht to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. The gift follows a $30-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Center will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center effective May 1.

    Describing it as a “historic day for the Atlantic Council,” Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe said the Center will have “a major and ambitious goal” to “enhance the resilience of one billion people by 2030.”

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