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The Jackson Hole Global Forum 2021

Climate Change and National Security

The Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate and National Security, hosted by the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs in partnership with the Center for Climate and Security and Prime Movers Lab brought U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders and citizens together to advance understanding and action to respond to the security implications of a changing climate.

Consistent with advice of recent Defense Secretary James Mattis, who argued for a “whole-of-government response” to climate change, the Forum assessed and identified ways to prepare for climate change risks to national and global security and examined forward-looking climate action steps and opportunities to build resilience and act on climate.

About, Why Attend?
Keynote Speakers
Morning: Risks
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  • Iraq War Veteran

  • Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Member, Senate Armed Services Committee; Chair, Subcommittee on Airland

  • Member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Chair, Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee

  • Co-Founder, Senate Environmental Justice Caucus

  • Member, Special Committee on the Climate Crisis

Managing & preparing for the unavoidable

Jackson Hole Global Forum Welcome with Jackson Hole Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson

9 - 9:20 am MT

Opening Remarks from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

9:20 - 9:30 am MT

Keynote - "View from the Edge: A Ski Mountaineer's Perspective on Climate Change"

9:30 - 10 am MT

What's the Worst that Could Happen? Avoiding the Unmanageable

Moderator - Kate Guy, Sr. Research Fellow, Center for Climate and Security

  • Hon. Sherri Goodman, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense; Secretary-General of the International Military Council on Climate and Security; Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member  

  • Rear Admiral Len Hering Sr., USN (Ret); Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member

  • Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, USN (Ret.); Special Assistant to the Virginia Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection; Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member

10 - 11 am MT

National Security Risks, Impacts and Future Scenarios in Wyoming and the West

Moderator - Erin Sikorsky, Deputy Director, Center for Climate and Security 

11 - 12 pm MT

  • First Person to Ski Seven Summits

  • First Woman to Ski Everest

  • 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

  • Instagram
  • Managing Director, Lowercarbon Capital

  • Venture Capitalist

  • Shark Tank judge

  • Instagram
Afternoon: Opportunities

AFTERNOON: solutions
A Climate Security Plan for America

Investing in Solutions Conversation

  • Chris Sacca, Managing Director, Lowercarbon Capital; Shark Tank judge

12 - 12:30 pm MT

Global Preparedness and Collaboration

Moderator - Sweta Chakraborty, Risk and Behavioral Scientist; President for U.S. Operations, “We Don’t Have Time” 

  • (Netherlands) Vice Admiral Ben Bekkering (Ret.), Netherlands Royal Navy

  • (Australia) Cheryl Durrant, Fmr. Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defense

  • (New Zealand) Jane Neilson, Senior Analyst, Climate Change and Security, Policy Branch, New Zealand Ministry of Defence

12:30 - 1:30 pm MT

A Climate Security Plan for America

Moderator - Lee Ann Bryan, Analyst, International Technology and Trade Associates 

  • Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.); Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member

  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.); Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member

  • Dr. Marcus King, Associate Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Senior Fellow Center for Climate and Security

1:30 - 2:30 pm MT

Climate Solutions

Moderator - Erika Karp, Executive Managing Director, Chief Impact Officer, Pathstone 

  • Jiang Lin, Nat Simons Presidential Chair in China Energy Policy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; JHCGA Advisory Board Member

  • Stephanie Tedy, Vice President and Head of Strategic Philanthropy, Bank of the West

  • Carly Anderson, Partner and Principal Chemical Engineer, Prime Movers Lab

 2:30 - 3:30 pm MT

Creating a Resilient Wyoming

Moderator - Phil Cameron, Executive Director, Energy Conservation Works 

  • Rob Godby, Interim Dean, College of Business, University of Wyoming; JHCGA Advisory Board Member

  • David Dodson, Lecturer in Management, Stanford University; 2018 U.S. Wyoming Senate candidate; JHCGA Distinguished Fellow

  • Lisa Kitchin, Managing Director, First Republic Investment Management

 3:30 - 4:30 pm MT

Closing Conversation and Takeaways

 4:30 - 5 pm MT







Teach a Man to Fish Foundation

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Shelby Davis
Ross and Christine Hartley
Goldman Sonnenfeldt Foundation
Jay Varley
John and Ann Willott
The Wort Hotel


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Partner - Center for Climate and Security

Center for Climate and Security

The Center for Climate and Security, a non-partisan institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, has a team and distinguished Advisory Board of security and military experts. CCS envisions a climate-resilient world which recognizes that climate change threats to security are already significant and unprecedented, and acts to address those threats in a manner that is commensurate to their scale, consequence and probability.

In light of an increase in threats to security exacerbated by the effects of a changing climate, CCS develops policies that will adequately manage unavoidable effects on security and help to avoid effects on security that would be unmanageable or unpredictable. This includes developing robust policies that seek to reduce the scope and scale of climate change in order to avoid unmanageable or unpredictable threats.  CCS also develops robust adaptation policies that seek to manage the unavoidable, or “locked in” threats to security resulting from a changing climate.


CCS has focused its efforts on translating the U.S. national security consensus on climate change it built in the years leading up to 2017 – as represented in our Climate Security Consensus Project, the CSAG Briefing Book for a New Administration and “Responsibility to Prepare” framework, - into a broader political base of support for climate and security issues.


Prime Movers Lab

Prime Movers Lab invests in breakthrough scientific startups founded by Prime Movers, the inventors who transform billions of lives. They are a billion-dollar deep tech fund whose mission drives their investments in startups reinventing energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, human augmentation, and agriculture.


Prime Movers Lab is committed to pioneering a new approach to VC. They offer Prime Movers comprehensive resources and integrated support to accelerate the transformation of world-class technical experts into extraordinary executives. Prime Movers Lab wants the money they invest to be the least valuable part of their relationship with their portfolio companies.


Their team has developed in-depth academic scientific research, commercialized novel intellectual property, scaled significant enterprises, and mentored renowned scientists on their entrepreneurial journey. They only make a small number of investments so they can dive deep with every Prime Mover they back and ensure that they create outsized value to dramatically improve the odds of success.

Partner - Prime Movers Lab
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