Founder and Executive Director: Harriet Shugarman

Like most of our climate Mama’s and Papa’s, Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life. She has been a ski instructor in Western Canada, an orchard worker in Israel, and a member of her college sky diving club!

Professionally Harriet has spent most of her career working as a policy analyst and economist; early on with the Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario governments in Canada and later with the International Monetary Fund, as the Special Assistant to the Director of the United Nations Office in New York. Harriet was fortunate to travel the world and to meet many exciting, talented and committed individuals. Harriet worked on most of the big United Nations international conferences, including the first UN Earth Summit. Harriet followed many United Nations environmental and sustainable development committees for the IMF, at United Nations headquarters in New York and around the world, working on issues such as women in development and the UN millennium development goals. Harriet has a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Harriet will tell you however that the most important "hat" she wears is one she put on in 1998 and continues to wear to this day, and that is Mom to her two children, Elliot and Alana. Becoming a mom heightened Harriet’s desire to find a way to “make the world a better place” not only for her children but for all the children around us, even the grown up ones. Through her work on Climate Change, Harriet feels she has found her passion, her opportunity and the ability to help raise awareness on the most important challenge any of us will face in our lives. With support from her incredible husband Andrew, Harriet is tackling this her own way, as she tackles all the challenges she takes on in her life!

In the spring of 2007 Harriet was selected from thousands of individuals across the country to participate in a training program conducted by Former Vice President Al Gore and sponsored by The Climate Reality Project. Harriet is one of the first 1000 individuals from around the world who have been personally trained by Mr. Gore to educate the public on climate change. Harriet will tell you this has been a transformational time in her life. Climate Mama grew out of Harriet’s work with The Climate Reality Project, an organization she will be forever grateful to!

These days in her spare time, Harriet also Chairs her town's Environmental Commission and Green Team, teaches Climate Change Policy at a Liberal Arts College, worked as the NYC metro District Manager and now "Mentor" for the Climate Reality Project, and was chosen by Circle of Moms as one of the top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms. Harriet also blogs on climate change issues and policies for a wide range of media outlets and organizations including: Lifetime TV's The Balancing ActChristian Science Monitor's Modern ParenthoodSafer Chemicals Healthy Families, MSNBC, The Global Team of 200, Rodale News, Maria's Farm Country Kitchen, and the Healthy Child Healthy World Network. As well, Harriet sits on various boards and actively supports the work of international, national and regional climate organizations, including: WECAN's US Women's Climate Justice Initiative Steering Committee, The Mothers Project - Mothers for Sustainable Energy; iMatter Youth, Our Kids Climate and Air-Soil-Water

Harriet has put together a team of exciting and talented individuals, who contribute to Climate Mama through advice, comments, guest blog posts and best practices.

Thank you for checking us out. We look forward to having you join us on our journey to make the world a better place!


Welcome to Climate Mama


You are a mother, a father, a grandparent, an uncle, an aunt, a teacher or a child at heart. When you hear the Native American saying, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”, it makes you stop for a moment and think. You love nature, travel, adventure and believing in a world that is special and unique. Climate change and global warming are words that alarm you, that often seem too big to get your arms around. You care about what’s happening to the world and notice small changes in your own life that seem to point in the direction of a threatened environment. But you wonder if these changes are real, and if they are you can’t imagine what you can do to help change what is happening.

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Climate Mamas and Papas

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Climate Change so often seems too big to get our hands around. We wonder where we can start and how we can actually make a difference. Each one of us has a different path that we will follow. Some of us cut a wider swath than others, but each of us has a role to play. We would like to introduce you to some amazing individuals, Climate Mamas and Papas who are making a difference, who are, through their daily lives, affecting the lives of all of us. They inspire us, empower us, and challenge us to reach for the stars, to strive to do the best we can to help change the crash course we are currently on with our environment. Lets meet some of these amazing people and find out what inspires them. Meet our featured Climate Papa, Gregg Kleinertoday!

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Featured Partner

The Climate Reality Project employs cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency. With a Global movement of more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of more than 6000 Climate Leaders trained by Al Gore, the Climate Reality Movement stands up to denial, presses for solutions and spreads the truth about climate change to empower leaders to solve the climate crisis. Climate Reality is leading the way and helping us find and hold onto Climate Hope!

May 24th, 2016 was the 10th Anniversary of the release of the film, An Inconvenient Truth. The film was the impetus for the creation of The Climate Reality Project and an awakening to so many about the depth and breadth of the climate crisis - including our Climate Mama. Do you remember the first time you watched that film? Watch it again or watch it for the first time. Share it with the kids in your life.


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