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Community Highlights: Meet Kimberly White of The Planetary Press

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly White.

Hi Kimberly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I was very fortunate to live in two beautifully biodiverse places, Alaska and Florida. This gave me a deep appreciation for nature and its diverse ecosystems. While I was in high school, I had the opportunity to spend my summers working as a camp counselor at a nature park where we taught kids about wild Florida, conservation, and our oceans. Later, I attended the University of Florida and received my B.S. in Environmental Management. I had a wonderful opportunity to join the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce as their Global Program Director.

While there, I led global program development and outreach and spearheaded a global summit featuring sustainability experts from around the world. During this time, I was chosen to participate in the 2017 Climate Reality Leadership training led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. This was a gamechanger for me and inspired me to do whatever I could to help combat the climate crisis. I was named Co-Chair of The Climate Reality Project Central Florida Chapter later that year. From there, I went on to attend SOAS University of London, which has afforded me the opportunity to learn more about sustainability and climate change from renowned scholars. In 2019, I founded The Planetary Press, an online news source focused on reporting in sustainability, environmental advocacy, corporate social responsibility, and climate change. We feature sustainable solutions from around the globe that inspire others to make a measurable difference. Over the years, I have written hundreds of articles and conducted countless interviews on sustainability, climate change, global affairs, wildlife, and alternative energy. Currently, I host two podcasts: The Planetary Podcast and Common Home Conversations Beyond UN75. These can be found at www.theplanetarypress.com/podcast.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Just like any journey, we have had a few challenges along the way. One of the biggest challenges has been finding the right language to convey the seriousness and sense of urgency we need to have with the climate crisis. Also, keeping everything non-partisan because we need everyone. The climate crisis impacts everyone, everywhere, regardless of their political affiliations.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are an international online news source reporting on environmental topics. The Planetary Press highlights the work organizations, cities, governments, companies, and individuals are doing to promote sustainability and the impacts they are having on both a local and global scale. We want to inspire others to make a measurable difference. We’re always looking for solutions to our planet’s greatest challenges, from climate change to biodiversity loss to plastic pollution to food insecurity. At The Planetary Press, we aim to highlight the changemakers that are doing the work.

Any big plans?
Working with great people and organizations around the globe to help amplify solutions to our greatest environmental challenges.

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