Advisory Council Members
The Advisory Council are a team of trusted individuals helping us shape the campaign to fight the climate emergency.
Katherine is Executive Director at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, Canada's largest environmental media arts organisation that promotes film as both an art form and a meaningful tool for social change. She has worked extensively in the arts sector as a producer in film, theatre and visual arts including the UK-based Cape Farewell as Development Director for Carbon 14: Climate is Culture in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture. Katherine has an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies with a research focus on freshwater as both a commodity and a human right through the historical narrative of Toronto’s R.C. Harris Filtration Plant. She also serves on the steering committee of CREW Toronto, a Project of Tides Canada.
Katie Eder is 19-years-old and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Future Coalition. Built by youth activists, for youth activists, Future Coalition is a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organisations by providing these young people with the tools, resources, and support to power their ideas and amplifies their impact. Katie is also a co-founder of 50 Miles More, an organisation working to end gun violence in the United States, and Kids Tales, a nonprofit that empowers kids to find their voice using creative writing. Originally from Wisconsin, Katie is currently taking two gap years before starting at Stanford University in the fall of 2020.
Executive Producer at AfriDocs
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer who has produced documentary projects that have been broadcast and seen around the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? He is executive producer of Dare to Dream, a documentary film project with Asian filmmakers, and is developing a new project with African filmmakers, Generation Africa. He is also executive producer of AfriDocs, a free-to-view VOD platform and broadcast documentary film strand across Africa.
Jessica Hall Upchurch is Vice-Chair and Sustainability Ambassador of Virtuoso, a premier global travel industry network. In 2017, Jessica organized and hosted Virtuoso’s Inaugural Sustainability Summit and leads the company’s commitment to making sustainability a key factor guiding consumer travel decisions.
Jessica is a longtime advocate for children and their futures, supporting multiple charities in Africa and at home in the US. She is involved in the charity and youth empowerment organization, WE, serving as WE Day Texas Co-Chair.
Jessica approaches sustainability efforts with a “no shame, no blame,” credo; believing we can “start where we are” to bring about essential change. Her deepest desire is to see a global movement in sustainability for our world.