Welcome to ZERO: Climate Finance.
Why the name ZERO?
Because in this weekly newsletter, I curate trends and tools to help catalyze…
ZERO greenhouse gas emissions
ZERO species extinction
ZERO distractions from what’s most important
ZERO racial and gender inequity
ZERO apathy and inaction
Are these goals realistic?
Are they worth striving for?
What do I cover in ZERO?
Climate finance & startups — e.g., venture capital, impact investing
Conscious leadership — e.g., social equity, visionary thinking
Personal development & productivity — e.g., better habits, get more done
Humor (no guarantees) — life’s too important to be serious all the time
If that sounds like a lot of topics, I hear you.
But we’re complicated creatures. My belief is that it takes all of these components to tackle climate change, create a more just world, get more of the right stuff done, and live a life with more meaning.
Hi, I’m Chris Wedding, your guide for this ride.
So, what perspectives do I bring to this newsletter?
Founder, Entrepreneurs for Impact — Climate Masterminds for CXOs, founders, investors, and project developer executives (private peer groups with just 11 high achievers per cohort)
Former private equity investor at a $2B firm — 500+ investments in green real estate and solar projects
Expert in making mistakes — Too many to keep to myself
Professor, Duke and UNC — Courses taught in energy finance, ESG investing, green real estate, management consulting, cleantech startups and investors, social entrepreneurship
“Monk” with experience in various Buddhist and Catholic monasteries around the world, and a 25-year meditation practice (note: far from perfect, constantly failing, constantly learning)
Global citizen with experience in 20+ countries and (declining) language abilities in Spanish, Japanese, and Cape Verdean Creole
Former rainforest researcher in the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama
Long-haired dude who’s no stranger to incense, granola, hiking, and gardening
Father of three, husband, and family guy obsessed with teaching our kids to put this into practice: “To those to whom much is given, much is expected in return”
So what now?
I hope you’ll join me on this path. Eight billion people and nine million species need all the help we can get.
And as an added bonus, there are billions of dollars of profit to be made as we transition to this low carbon economy.
Onward and upward,
Dr. Chris Wedding
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Entrepreneurs for Impact
The Only Private Executive Mastermind Community for CEOs, Founders, and Investors Fighting Climate Change