Joseph Robertson is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens’ Climate Education and leads the effort to build a worldwide Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network. In this capacity, he supports the development of local chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific, and serves as CCL’s representative in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations and other UN processes. He is also the lead strategist supporting the high-level climate dialogue series Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation.
Joseph is the founder and president of the Geoversiv Foundation—a US-based non-profit charitable foundation that supports innovative projects oriented toward achieving social good, through promotion of:
- climate solutions,
- clean energy innovation and deployment,
- responsible enterprise,
- peacebuilding, and
- expansion of the civic space.
He is the author of the 2010 report Building a Green Economy: On the Economics of Carbon Pricing & the Transition to Clean, Renewable Fuels.
Joseph is a member of the Executive Board of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development in New York, a member of the Policy and Strategy Group for the World We Want. He is also a founding emeritus faculty member of the Villanova University Center for Energy and Environment Education, and a strategic content curator for Lucid Frontiers, which hosts the Lucid NYC event series.
In 2001, he founded the publishing company Casavaria. In the course of his work with Casavaria, he published a fourth centenary edition of Don Quijote (2005) and an edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, as well as a number of new and emerging authors. In Barcelona, he worked to assist in putting 250 Spanish-language classics into print and later organized the Cafe Sentido thematic exhibits La Isla Flotante (Cuba, culture and diaspora), The Written Wor(l)d (language diversity and freedom of expression), and Superávit (socio-economic impacts of surplus energy).
He has collaborated with Dr. Carlos Trujillo’s literary workshop Pinzon 9 since 1997 and helped to found and edit the literary and scholarly magazine Naufragios: revista de literatura y arte, which debuted the 1st of May 2009.
He has published three collections of original poetry, all in Spanish: Breves penumbras, Otro posible desvío de lo esperado, and Jaguar y cascada. A fourth collection, this one bilingual, is in the works, under the title Templo de ladrillo y azafrán / Temple of Brick and Saffron.