Countdown is global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crises, turning ideas into action.
To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.
Countdown seeks to answer five fundamental, interconnected questions that help inform a blueprint for a cleaner future.
Countdown aims to bring together scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials, and others to find the most effective, evidence-based ideas out there. Our goal is to identify the bold solutions that can be activated when people break out of their silos and rise to the challenge.
Mr Stephan Crawford is a San Francisco-based artist who conceived and launched The ClimateMusic Project. He holds graduate degrees in environmental sciences and international affairs, and is a life-long student of music.
His mind for synthesis, qualities and combining interdisciplinary insight sparked the creation of The ClimateMusic Project. Since its creation in 2015, The ClimateMusic Project has reached thousands of people in five countries through its powerful performances that combine science, art, and technology. It has garnered substantial global press coverage, including profiles in The New York Times, The BBC, Forbes and many more. Stephan was also profiled by Yamaha for its Inspired Series in 2019.
Ulka Kelkar is Director, Climate program, World Resources Institute, India.
She is an economist with two decades of experience in climate change research, capacity building and outreach.
She leads WRI India’s work on climate policy which aims to support India’s pathway to a climate-resilient low-carbon economy through judicious national policies, carbon market mechanisms, and effective implementation in states and cities.
She has previously worked as a consultant climate assessment specialist for the Asian Development Bank, and as a research fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
Her major policy contributions include South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) roadmap on climate change adaptation, the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s projects on climate-resilient housing in Bangladesh and Nepal and the National Strategy Study on clean development mechanism (CDM) in India to name a few.
Daniel Waples is one of the world’s best known handpan (hang drum) players having played in over 50 countries and amassing over 40 million views on YouTube. Daniel supports himself as an independent musician playing the handpan, an instrument associated with energy work and alternative healing – one which he hopes will become a symbol for universal peace and the inner journeys all people take pursuing their individual paths. Daniel has Studied Stringed Musical Instrument Technology at Leeds College of Music, and Popular Music at Boston College; he has also trained in Holistic Gong Therapy and is a community drum circle facilitator. It is his aim to travel the world to inspire smiles, induce relaxation, and promote the art he is passionate about, while sharing good food and collaborating with a vast array of artists wherever possible.
Flavio Lopez is versatile and talented, having been playing the violin since he was just 9. He has collaborated with orchestras & bands, performing extensively across the globe in several capacities. From classical music to electronica, Flavio feels comfortable within many different genres & musical ideas, adding a truly eclectic vibe to his sound.
Shikhar Kamat is a young Mentalist, Illusionist and Storyteller from Mumbai. His performances combine the power of magic, psychology and storytelling to deliver wonders and make you question your belief systems.
He began his journey of being a stage performer through films and direction.
Over the last five years, Mumbai’s very own mystery performer has performed in multiple TEDx Talks, over 1000 public and private shows around the country for Fortune 500 corporates, festivals, Bollywood Award shows and even the United Nations. His work has been featured in the news by Midday, Dainik Jagran, Mirror, PTI and TheWeek and on radio by RadioIshq. The lockdown saw him take on the role of a cyber mentalist as he raised over 2 lakhs in relief donations through a series of virtual performances. As a performer he deems the audiences minds as his canvas while aiming to change the psychological constructs of his audiences.