Who We Are

by | Dec 21, 2019

Our Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Restore Our Climate understands that organizations are stronger with diverse membership.  We want to expand opportunities and influence for people who have long been marginalized, and to have a wide range of perspectives influencing our early decisions.  We have a few women and people from the global south in our membership and board now, and we are inviting more and looking for other ways to diversify. As Restore Our Climate has a global mission, we need to further internationalize our outreach and publicity to explain ourselves and to seek legitimacy and guidance from people around the globe. We value diversity, justice, and safety guidelines such as in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

Lead Scientist-Engineers

Franz Oeste

Franz OesteFranz Oeste, developer and co-patent-holder of the iron salt aerosol (ISA) method of depleting CO2, methane and other short-lived greenhouse gases; he is the lead author of the primary¬†peer-reviewed article on ISA, and also lead author on a new major paper on natural carbon transport mechanisms that Sir David King is calling a ‚Äúlandmark‚ÄĚ paper, and is interested in sponsoring for publication by the Royal Society. Oeste found the inspiration for what became the ISA method when he tried to help Bangladesh villagers whose wells were arsenic-polluted, and realized the connection between methane and other pollutants. In his spare time, he hosts a museum featuring the unusual chemical geology of his region and its rocks (in photo), weathered by the same process (only at the bottom of the ocean) that is featured in his latest paper. He has a¬†Diplom-Ingenieur Chemical Engineering from the former State School of Engineering, Essen,¬†Germany.

Renaud de Richter

Renaud de RichterRenaud de Richter¬†is currently a representative of the French National Pharmacopeia Authority, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. He has been an expert in several groups of the European Pharmacopoeia. Renaud was elected a member of the board (2016‚Äď2018 and 2018‚Äď2021) of the French Medicines Agency where he works, and he has been a member of its scientific council (1995‚Äď1998). Renaud has been in charge of a physical-chemistry lab,where he lead a team of 32 scientists and technicians. Previously, Dr. de Richter was manager of R&D (1991‚Äď1993) at a pharmaceutical start-up in Paris, France.

Renaud de Richter also cooperates as an unpaid volunteer with a team based at the Engineering School of Chemistry of Montpellier University, where he has a wide-spectrum engineer approach to propose innovative techniques to fight global warming. He and his co-authors were the first to propose feasible and scalable technologies to enhance outgoing infrared energy from the Earth to outer space, in the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (March 2014). They were also the first to propose two different methods to remove several greenhouse gases at a climatically significant scale, such as methane + nitrous oxide + chloro-fluoro-carbons (May 2017) and methane + tropospheric (surface) ozone +soot (August 2017). Both methods allow the stratospheric ozone layer to recover faster. They also proposed a breakthrough method to capture atmospheric CO2 and transform it back into fuels and useful chemicals using sunlight.

Renaud de Richter was a member of the committee producing the official 2014 French report on ‚ÄúChallenges and methods of environmental geo-engineering‚ÄĚ. All this research work in¬†France has so far been performed without any funding, which allows Renaud to do work without having specific deliverables and to be free to work on deem most important issues. Among Renaud‚Äôs other key contributions to science are his proposals to improve solar updraft chimneys in order to produce CO2 free renewable energy and fresh water. View the list of his scientific peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Peter Wadhams

Peter WadhamsDr. Peter Wadhams, ScD, has spent the last 50 years researching sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. His work has focused on expeditions and measurements in the field, involving more than 50 expeditions to both polar regions, working from ice camps, icebreakers, aircraft, and, uniquely, Royal Navy submarines (6 submerged voyages to North Pole ). He is Professor of Ocean Physics (Emeritus since 2015) and is the author of numerous publications on dynamics and thermodynamics of sea ice, sea ice thickness, waves in ice, icebergs, ocean convection and kindred topics. His book, A Farewell to Ice, convincingly explains the consequences of the loss of the planet’s ice.

Kevin Lister

Kevin Lister, Restore Our Climate Board PresidentKevin Lister¬†has over 30 years experience in climate change research. During this time he has advised politicians and NGOs on climate change policy. His area of expertise is non-linear change and he has long warned of the risk of rapid and irreversible change. He recently coordinated a major submission to the UN Talanoa Dialogue which demonstrated why the long term maximum safe temperature rise must be less than 0.5¬įC. He is also an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).¬†¬†He is also an¬†associate researcher with the¬†Climate Institute, Washington DC.¬†

In 2018 he co-ordinated a major submission, with input from leading climate change scientists, for the UN Talanoa Dialogue that explained why the safe temperature rise had to be less than 0.5¬į C and why existing policies would fail to deliver a stable climate. The submission provided a science-based rationale for the urgent need to start field trials of prospective technologies that had the potential to cool the planet and reduce short-lived greenhouse gases.¬†

Clive Elsworth

Clive ElsworthClive Elsworth¬†is a Co-Founder of Citizens Climate Lobby UK. He took a keen interest in climate change in 2008 after reading leading climate scientist James Hansen‚Äôs book¬†Storms of My Grandchildren. In February 2020, he filed a joint patent with Franz Oeste regarding ocean fertilization with ISA. He is also co-authoring what Sir David King has referred to as a ‚Äúlandmark paper‚ÄĚ on natural carbon transport mechanisms, which he plans to sponsor for publication in the Royal Society‚Äôs¬†Philosophical Transactions.¬†

Mr. Elsworth has convened and chaired numerous meetings of international scientists and volunteers, and helped in the formation of this organization, Restore Our Climate, to test and launch iron salt aerosol in depleting atmospheric methane. In addition to his work with Restore Our Climate, Clive also maintains a personal climate change website, Climate Games Changers for a Sustainable World, including a page on the Iron Salt Aerosol method.

Clive Elsworth has a BSc in Engineering from the University of Bristol.

Board of Trustees

Kevin Lister, President

Kevin Lister, Restore Our Climate Board PresidentKevin Lister has a master’s degree in mathematics, an MBA from Warwick University, and a degree in aeronautical engineering from Glasgow University. He  has been at the vanguard of climate change debate for over 20 years. He is an associate researcher with the Climate Institute, Washington DC.

In 2018 he co-ordinated a major submission, with input from leading climate change scientists, for the UN Talanoa Dialogue that explained why the safe temperature rise had to be less than 0.5¬į C and why existing policies would fail to deliver a stable climate. The submission provided a science-based rationale for the urgent need to start field trials of prospective technologies that had the potential to cool the planet and reduce short-lived greenhouse gases.

Lauren Bosche, Secretary

Lauren Bosche, Secretary

Lauren Bosche is a Natural Resources GIS Technician at the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands in Fairbanks, AK. Her prior work experience is in urban and coastal resiliency and nature-based solutions in disaster risk reduction. Lauren holds an M.Sc. in Environment and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Outside of work you can find her hiking over permafrost terrain around Interior Alaska.

Ted Altenberg, Treasurer

Ted AltenbergTed Altenberg¬†studied Biology and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and then earned his M.Ed. and teaching credential in science education. He was an educator for 32 years, and retired from full-time education work in 2019.¬†Ted’s second career is web design services (AgoraMediaServices.com); he¬†is webmaster for Restore Our Climate. He is a trained leader with the Climate Reality Project.

Wilson Hago

Wilson HagoWilson Hago, PhD is Founder and CEO of Hago Energetics, Inc. Dr. Hago has been involved with cleantech startups for the past 20 years and is an expert in renewable energies. Dr. Hago holds a PhD degree in chemistry from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University.  

David S. Miller

David MillerDavid S. Miller¬†is an entrepreneur focusing on commercializing academically developed climate change mitigation technologies. Originally from New Jersey, David moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981. Previous roles include Carbon & Climate Communications Manager at Maersk Oil, communications consultant for Vestas, and International Project Director at Sams√ł Energy Academy.

Dr. Peter Wadhams

Peter WadhamsDr. Peter Wadhams, ScD, has spent the last 50 years researching sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. His work has focused on expeditions and measurements in the field, involving more than 50 expeditions to both polar regions, working from ice camps, icebreakers, aircraft, and, uniquely, Royal Navy submarines (6 submerged voyages to North Pole ). He is Professor of Ocean Physics (Emeritus since 2015) and is the author of numerous publications on dynamics and thermodynamics of sea ice, sea ice thickness, waves in ice, icebergs, ocean convection and kindred topics. His book, A Farewell to Ice, convincingly explains the consequences of the loss of the planet’s ice.

Nancy Wood

Nancy WoodNancy Wood studied biology and economics at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she discovered a passion for the written word. She spent her career in tech, as a technical writer and a writing consultant. Nancy believes that climate repair is one of the many tools we need to fix the climate crisis. She is working on fundraising to test ISA. 

Jane Yett

Jane YettJane Yett is a life-long activist, former college teacher, Montana ranch hand, war journalist and photographer in Vietnam, and indigenous ally living in Santa Cruz, CA. With bachelor’s and doctorate degrees, respectively, from Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Graduate Theological Union, in biology, social thought, and social ethics, she taught new perspectives in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Jane is dedicated to raising funds, to test whether the ISA method can help rescue human civilization from the coming releases of Arctic methane.