Who we are

Our time is calling – begging – for egos and national interest to be set aside and for us to awaken to collaborative and collective governance for the Common Good. Our climate security and a sustainable, peaceful and just planet to live on for next generations will depend on it.

Global Choices is distinctive. We invest in people and process as much as projects.

Our Co-Founders

Sally Ranney

“The greatest existential risk is the illusion of separation. Everything is interconnected and interdependent; to that we bow, and for that we work in this time of great urgency.”

Co-Founder & President
Aspen, USA

Our Values

What really sets us apart is the way we do things – our values, our deep respect for Mother Earth and our ability to take a whole systems view.

Inge Relph

“Let’s wake up to the reality of what is happening…. Let’s make wise and prioritized choices… Let’s act NOW!”

Co-Founder & Executive Director, London, UK

Generosity of Spirit – Intergenerational – Courageous – Integrity – Inclusive – Kindness

Meet The Team

Felicity Silverthorne

Arctic Angel Coordinator, London

Lexi Haskins

Environmental Sciences and Research, Denver

Karin Evans

Executive Assistant, Aspen

Julia Jackson

Executive Assistant, London

Satyam Barakoti

Development Assistant

Rebecca Mirsky

Fundraising Consultant

Elise Buckle

Climate Policy Consultant, Geneva

Marlow Baines 

Social Media Manager, Maastricht

Ted Turner

“Lead, follow or get out of the way.”

Patron and Advisor

We are delighted to have the support of conservationist and renowned philanthropist Ted Turner, founder of CNN (Cable News Network) and America’s second-largest landowner. He has restored, and is protecting with conservation easements, the majority of his 2 million acres. Ted has also dedicated himself to restoring the American Bison in the US, once hunted down from 30m to 200. He now has 60,000 head roaming his land.

As a philanthropist, he is best known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, establishing the United Nations Foundation, a public charity that broadens U.S. support for the UN. Ted serves as Chairman of the UNF and also co- chairs the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which he also founded to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. His family foundation has generously supported environment-related initiatives as well.

Ted won the America’s Cup in 1977. Having sailed over 50,000 miles at sea he has a profound respect for the Oceans and is a member of the Ocean Elders. Ted shares our deep concerns about the far-reaching risks associated with not acting fast enough or at scale on the Climate Crisis, and for protecting the global climate systems of our planet’s Global Commons.

We are delighted to have the support of conservationist and renowned philanthropist Ted Turner, founder of CNN (Cable News Network) and America’s second-largest landowner. He has restored, and is protecting with conservation easements, the majority of his 2 million acres. Ted has also dedicated himself to restoring the American Bison in the US, once hunted down from 30m to 200. He now has 60,000 head roaming his land.

As a philanthropist, he is best known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, establishing the United Nations Foundation, a public charity that broadens U.S. support for the UN. Ted serves as Chairman of the UNF and also co- chairs the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which he also founded to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. His family foundation has generously supported environment-related initiatives as well.

Ted won the America’s Cup in 1977. Having sailed over 50,000 miles at sea he has a profound respect for the Oceans and is a member of the Ocean Elders. Ted shares our deep concerns about the far-reaching risks associated with not acting fast enough or at scale on the Climate Crisis, and for protecting the global climate systems of our planet’s Global Commons.

Affectionately known as ‘Her Deepness’, for spending over 7000 hrs under water, Sylvia founded the Sylvia Earle Alliance SEA / Mission Blue and is an author, explorer and marine biologist of world renown. She is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and an Ocean Elder. Among her many honorary doctorates and international awards she was honoured by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998, by UNEP as Champion of the Earth 2014 and elected Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year being the first woman Chief Scientist at NOAA. Sylvia has led more than a hundred expeditions researching marine ecosystems.

Her life is featured in Mission Blue an Emmy® award-winning Netflix documentary and at 85 she continues to speak out for the protection of the oceans. In May 2020 Sylvia shared an online dialogue about Deep Seabed Mining with one of our Arctic Angels. We are honoured to count Sylvia as an Advisor.

Affectionately known as ‘Her Deepness’, for spending over 7000 hrs under water, Sylvia founded the Sylvia Earle Alliance SEA / Mission Blue and is an author, explorer and marine biologist of world renown. She is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and an Ocean Elder. Among her many honorary doctorates and international awards she was honoured by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998, by UNEP as Champion of the Earth 2014 and elected Glamour Magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year being the first woman Chief Scientist at NOAA. Sylvia has led more than a hundred expeditions researching marine ecosystems.

Her life is featured in Mission Blue an Emmy® award-winning Netflix documentary and at 85 she continues to speak out for the protection of the oceans. In May 2020 Sylvia shared an online dialogue about Deep Seabed Mining with one of our Arctic Angels. We are honoured to count Sylvia as an Advisor.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

“The rest of the living world can get along without us, but we can’t get along without them.”

Oceanographer and Advisor

Meet More of Our Advisors

General Wesley Clark

International Security Policy

Robert Swan OBE

Polar Explorer

Rafe Pomerance

Arctic Policy

Karina Storinggaard

Marketing & Tech

Ovais Sarmad

Former Deputy Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change Secretariat

Dr. Tony Haymet

Ocean Science

Ina Gjikondi

Leadership and Mentoring

Lina Constantinovici

Ocean Impact Solutions

Jill Goodman

Sustainable Finance

Nick Henry

Climate Innovation

Richard Dunne

Innovative Climate Education

Steffen Weber

European Arctic Policy & Law

Dr. John Barker

International Law & Governance

Marjorie Layden

Climate Ethics

Dulma Clark

Indigenous Wisdom & Regenerative Economy

Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir

Earth Sciences, Sustainability & Wellbeing Economies

Mark Call

Energy Transition & Strategic Partnerships

Divya Nawale

Climate Policy

Heïdi Sevestre

Deputy Secretary, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

Louis Psihoyos

Filmmaking and Storytelling

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