Joseph Robertson is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens’ Climate Education. He represents CCE and Citizens’ Climate Lobby in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations and other UN processes, and is the lead strategist supporting the Acceleration Dialogues and the Resilience Intel climate-smart finance initiative.
Since April 2020, Joseph also serves as Commission Director for the Food System Economics Commission—an independent, interdisciplinary academic commission working to deliver a state-of-the-art scientific assessment on the economics of the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. The Food System Economics Commission is co-convened by the EAT Foundation, the Food and Land Use Coalition, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
In 2015, Joseph founded Geoversiv—a Minnesota-based non-profit foundation that supports innovations in the areas of climate and energy, sustainable enterprise, education, peacebuilding and civics). He is the creator of Liberate Energy (a science-driven technology- and systems-innovation collaboration) and Earth Intelligence (a start-up news service aimed at delivering critical insights about the state of humanity’s relationship to Earth systems).
Joseph is the author of the 2010 report Building a Green Economy: On the Economics of Carbon Pricing & the Transition to Clean, Renewable Fuels, and for 8 years translated the online Plan B Reports and Eco-Economy Updates from Lester Brown’s Earth Policy Institute into Spanish.
Through his independent publishing venture Casavaria, from 2001 to 2013, he published original authors, as well as a 400th anniversary edition of the first book of Don Quijote de La Mancha, and assisted a Barcelona-based publisher in restoring 250 Spanish-language classic texts to print. He also managed the bilingual political news magazine Café Sentido and the Hot Spring Network, a collaborative innovation platform.
As a student and faculty member at Villanova University, Joseph worked closely with Dr. Carlos Trujillo’s literary workshop Pinzón 9, from 1997 to 2014. He has published three collections of original poetry, all in Spanish: Breves penumbras, Otro posible desvío de lo esperado, and Jaguar y cascada.