Summit Recording
Climate & the Economy 2023
The fourth in our 2022-3 education and collaboration series.
Climate & the Economy January 2023 Summit Recording

9:00 - 9:20 AM

Land Acknowledgement

  • Corrina Gould, Tribal Chair, Confederated Villages of Lisjan & Co Director Sogorea Te Land Trust


  • Cheryl Davila, Chair CEMTF & Former Councilmember

Speakers & Co-Speakers

9:20 - 10:00 AM

  • Medea Benjamin, CoFounder Code Pink

10:00 - 10:30 AM

"The Doughnut that's good for CA"

  • Franziska Raedeker & Anne Sheridan,  California Doughnut Economics Coalition

10:30 - 11:00 AM  

Public Banks, A Tool for building pathways to a just and sustainable future

  • Gayle McLaughlin, Councilmember, City of Richmond

Public Banks, A Piece of the Sustainability Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Debbie Notkin, Chair, Friends of the Public Bank East Bay

5 minute Break

11:05 - 11:50 AM  

Zero Food Waste

  • Tara McNerney & Pete Pearson, World Wildlife Fund
  • David Hott, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
  • Cara Morgan, Branch Chief, Local Assistance and Market Development, CalRecycle, State of California

11:50 AM - Noon

Announcements & Closing

  • Cheryl Davila

Welcome & Land Acknowledgement

Cheryl Davila

Founder & Chair CEMTF

Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley, CA

As a Councilmember, Cheryl was a champion for the climate. Under her leadership the Climate Emergency Declaration passed unanimously in June 2018 which was the sixth in the world. Now over 2120 governments around the world have since declared climate emergencies.

Cheryl founded CEMTF in 2019. Did you know the prohibition of natural gas infrastructure in new buildings was the brainchild of the CEMTF? True.

Corrina Gould

Tribal Chair Confederated Villages of Lisjan & Co Director Sogorea Te Land Trust

Corrina Gould is the Tribal leader of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan. The Tribes territory is inclusive of five Bay Area Counties and her current work includes protection of Sacred Sites, the creation of the first Urban  Indigenous Women-led Land Trust in the Country with the specific goal of rematriation, tribal revitalization and saving the West Berkeley Shellmound. Corrina wasn’t able to join us for the first or second time in 3 years.

THANK you Corrina for all you do. Have you paid your Shumi Tax?

Speakers & Co-Speakers:

Medea Benjamin

CoFounder Code Pink

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the wom-3en-led peace group CODEPINK. She is also co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange, the Peace in Ukraine Coalition, Unfreeze Afghanistan (which advocates for returning the $7 billion of Afghan funds frozen in U.S. banks), ACERE: The Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect, and the Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban Doctors Campaign.

Medea has been an advocate for social justice for 50 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

She is the author of ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Her most recent book, coauthored with Nicolas J.S. Davies, is War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict.

Her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Hill, Salon, CommonDreams and The Progressive. Her twitter handle is @medeabenjamin.


Franziska Raedeker & Anne Sheridan  California Doughnut Economics Coalition

Franziska Raedeker and Anne Sheridan are on the governing Board of the California Doughnut Economics Coalition. Anne also analyzes and advocates for climate policy at SanDiego 350 and is currently working toward a Masters in Degrowth: Ecology, Economy and Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Franziska is an independent sustainability consultant and lecturer. Passionate about halting/reversing the climate and ecosystems crisis, she helps organizations worldwide reduce their footprint and develop strategies with a positive impact on people, planet, and prosperity.

Public Banking


Gayle McLaughlin

Councilmember, City of Richmond-

Gayle McLaughlin is a Former two-term Mayor of Richmond, CA and currently serves as a Richmond Councilmember. As mayor, Gayle led Richmond into a significant progressive transformation achieving multiple victories over big corporations like Chevron. She has never taken a dime of corporate money and remains committed to the independent fight for justice and sustainability through various efforts on the city council, including by serving as Richmond's representative to the Public Bank East Bay.  

Debbie Notkin

Chair, Friends of the Public Bank East Bay

Debbie Notkin is the chair of the Friends of the Public Bank East Bay, an organization working to open a public bank for Alameda County, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and other participating cities and semi-governmental agencies. Debbie has been organizing for economic justice since 2014, and for public banking since 2017. She believes that working for economic justice is a reasonably clean way for white people to work for racial justice. She likes to quote Buckminster Fuller's " You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete," as why we need public banking to replace Wall Street.

Zero Food Waste



Tara McNerney &  Pete Pearson

Commitment Manager   & Sr. Director, Food Loss & Waste

World Wildlife Fund

Tara McNerney is the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment Manager for World Wildlife Fund. She supports businesses and jurisdictions to strategically reduce food waste in order to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Pete Pearson is the Global Initiative Lead for the Food Circularity program at World Wildlife Fund – the world’s leading independent conservation organization, whose mission is to create a world where people and nature can thrive together. Pete specializes in food waste prevention and food circularity as part of WWF’s larger food system efforts.

Cara Morgan

Branch Chief, Local Assistance and Market Development, CalRecycle, State of California

Cara Morgan has worked for CalRecycle, formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board, since 1991. Prior to that she worked for the Division of Recycling. Currently, Cara manages the Local Assistance and Market Development Branch at CalRecycle which is responsible for assisting California communities to comply with Senate Bill 1383, California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy - which mandates organic waste disposal reduction and surplus food recovery.

David Hott

Director of Programs

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

After an incredibly successful career within the private sector, David set his sights towards a vocation in the non-profit arena. The mission of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is to provide nutritious prepared meals that are delivered and served to disadvantaged individuals with a special concern for families, seniors, and the homeless. David will share features of the "A La Carte” food truck project, a unique and innovative program designed to change how food recovery is being approached while addressing the issues of hunger and waste.