We are so lucky to have the support of passionate people. You inspire us every day! We try to spread this inspiration and get more and more people onboard to reverse climate change. We hope that sharing the stories of our community motivates you as well! Below you can meet some of our Pioneers.
I am a young exhibiting artist and I use the power of my art to raise public awareness of issues that impact local and global communities.
What inspired you to become a climate activist?
My mom. She told me about the plastic pollution of the oceans and I also saw a lot of news about wildfires and floods. So I’m happy to be able to raise awareness with my work. If I ever get a really big platform, I want to raise even more money for good causes.
What does Orca represent to you?
It’s really brave and courageous that people are working on these solutions that never existed before—it's amazing how technology can go so far. I also like orcas and other marine creatures.
What is your wish for the planet?
I want the climate crisis to be resolved, poverty rates to drop to very little or none, I want the forests to be replanted, endangered animals to be protected, all the pollution to stop. There are so many problems - I can’t list them all...
Aria Luna, California. Playing piano, singing, soccer, animals and writing
What inspires you about Climeworks?
As someone who is a proud environmentalist, I understand the urgency to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide within our atmosphere. Therefore, when I came across Climeworks, a company using cutting-edge technology to filter carbon dioxide out of our air, I knew I had to find any way to help out. What most inspires me about Climeworks is that they are working hard to reverse the damage done to our earth.
Imagine a world in 50 years. What role does Climeworks play in this world?
I believe that Climeworks is an amazing company that is going to make a large impact. In 50 years from now, as our planet continues to heat because of the rising amount of various different greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, I believe that Climeworks will have a major effect on reducing and curbing these numbers.
What is your wish for the planet?
It would warm my heart to know that every one person on this planet knows about what climate change is and that there is no planet B. I would love to see more and more people using Electric vehicles and understand the impact that they can make to improve our planet. I would also like to see people investing in companies like Climeworks in order to fight back and reserve the effects of climate change.
What is the individual impact you’re making for a better planet?
Personally, I try to educate people as best as I can. I do this through my Instagram, YouTube and spreading awareness in my community. I also work actively to reduce my carbon footprint by using less water and living a zero-waste life.
Brooke Joseph, Canada. Reading, running, nature and travel.
I was inspired to join the Climeworks community as my carbon literacy journey led me to realize that the amount of legacy carbon in the atmosphere is a significant challenge for combatting climate change. We need a multi-pronged strategy whereby we not only reduce our carbon emissions but remove legacy carbon. I wanted to support start-ups tackling this area of climate change.
One hundred percent of my time is dedicated to a better planet. I left the tech world and now concentrate on raising carbon literacy in a hip and fun way through clever carbon. A carbon literate society is one where transparency and accountability thrive, and one worth striving for.
Michelle Li, California, USA. Nature, outdoors, hiking, eating and trying out new vegan eats.
Becoming more aware of the challenges imposed by climate change and the need to reduce and offset our emissions, it became important for me to have an active contribution both to the cause at large but also to the innovations that I believe are key to solving this challenge. Climeworks fits in this category as a Direct Air Capture technology, in which I put my confidence and my small contribution.
Climeworks has the potential to be the connection between individuals and their relationship with our planet. We've been using Earth's resources without much care of consequences, and I believe in the next few decades we'll gain awareness of our impact on the environment and look for ways to balance this out. Having these sorts of technologies operating is a crucial channel in making that possible.
The greatest impact at this stage is to get the conversation going. The idea of carbon capture, and the need to not only reach net-zero emissions but actually reverse the damage we've done so far, is still very foreign to most people. So having ways to explain it, having excuses to speak about it, are great ways to get the ball going. Personally, it's also a sense of accomplishment to invest in something you believe in.
Luís Pereira, Lisbon, Portugal. Writing about climate change, its solutions and how can people get involved.
For many years, I’ve felt compelled to do something to help combat climate change, but like so many people, I thought that because I’m not a scientist or engineer, there wasn’t much I could do besides choosing climate-friendly products and composting on the roof of my apartment building! It was so frustrating sitting back and feeling powerless as I waited for corporations and governments to hurry up to and do something. When I discovered Climeworks, I felt so empowered! Finally, I could have a meaningful (and measurable) contribution to actually pulling carbon out of the air. This isn’t just buying mystery carbon credits - it’s funding impact in a direct, verifiable way that I can track and feel good about.
My sincere hope is that we’ve reached “net zero” emissions far sooner than 2071, including “hard to eliminate” emissions from agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. In that scenario, there’s no doubt that Climeworks, in collaboration with corporations, governments, and individuals, is doing a lot to pull new carbon out of the air. But my real hope would be for Climeworks and other DACCS companies like it to grow to such a scale that they are making a serious dent in the trillion or so tons of carbon that have already been spewed into the atmosphere since the 1850s.
Besides being a proud monthly supporter of Climeworks (and avid composter, as I mentioned before), I’ve also made efforts to promote their subscriptions to my fanbase of tens of thousands of people. At the moment, I’m looking for ways to bring my skills, knowledge, and passion to different companies in the carbon capture space, particularly as an advisor or volunteer. One day, I hope to build enough knowledge and expertise in the field to launch my own venture or organization related to carbon capture, afforestation, or reforestation.
Jonathan Levi, Silicon Valley, Learning Expert, Serial Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, Life Hacker and Traveler.
My wife, Emily Arnold, and I (Brad Arnold) have been excited to contribute to Climeworks' CO2 capture and removal efforts since late-2020. We believe the company's technology provides much needed help in reversing the anticipated impacts of anthropogenic climate change.
Emily and I live and work in Northern California (United States). She works as Vice President of Engineering for a utility-scale solar and energy storage developer, called 8minute Solar Energy, and I work as Water Resources Program Manager for the Calaveras County Water District, a rural water and wastewater services utility located near the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In California, climate change has already led to, and is expected to exacerbate, more frequent and intense water shortage (drought) conditions, more large-scale wildfire incidents, large seasonal temperature swings, and other adverse impacts to aging utility infrastructure. Given our jobs directly relate to the energy and water supply sectors, we both share an interest in planning for and monitoring climate change impacts to the California environment (and elsewhere). Like many others, wish to better prepare for or avoid, if possible, some of the more extreme conditions expected by the end of this century, by developing more green energy (solar) facilities that are more resilient in emergency conditions and managing our natural resources more sustainably to better navigate water shortage conditions. In addition, we support climate change mitigation efforts like Climeworks because many focused efforts across many sectors are needed to achieve these sustainability goals (and others) to the benefit of future generations.
Thanks to the Climeworks team for their important work, and for allowing people like Emily and I to contribute. Congratulations on the recognition in Microsoft's carbon removal portfolio - it's great to see the recognition from a highly influential and well-known company. We look forward to seeing the completion of the Orca facility and following Climeworks' future project developments (perhaps in California?)
Brad and Emily, Northern California
I was inspired to become a climate pioneer because the world won’t fix itself, and everybody needs to help in order for change to happen.
In 50 years we might still be struggling with the climate crisis, but Climeworks will be able to capture billions of tons of CO₂, taking a lead to help the world.
My family eats less meat than we used to, but we also don’t use so much plastic. We use glass jars to store our food instead of plastic wrap, and we use metal straws to limit plastic waste.
Alex, USA, school student, baseball, animals, and ping pong
In addition to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and general decarbonization of all of our infrastructure, there is a need to get to a point of true negative emissions, with carbon capture and storage as one of the pathways to get there.
I don't love imagining what the world will look like in 50 years, but continuing to undo the damage that we've done and getting to a point where we can deploy these technological solutions at scale would be great. CCS should not be a means of further enabling the oil and gas industry.
My day job targets trying to deploy energy efficiency, building decarbonization, and climate resilience in the most streamlined way possible. That, I think, is my main impact.
Rachel Wong, USA, Associate University Engineer for a university system, reading & boxing
About 10 years ago, I met two greenhorns in confirmation suits at ETH Zurich. It was summer, they were sweating and proudly showed me their master thesis in the lab. They were looking for money to start a company. The device they showed me was a little bigger than a Coca Cola can and according to the protocol it should be able to filter 2 grams of CO2 per hour out of the air. After this meeting it was clear to me that CADFEM International AG wanted to invest in this technology and especially in these two young, intelligent, talented, likeable and honest people. We wanted to support them in saving the world. Climeworks was born!
Markus Dutly, Cadfem, Switzerland
It’s not enough to do no harm, we need to begin to actively repair and restore the giant superfund site in the sky. I was really intrigued by the notion of going negative especially because traditional offsets are really just a scam. So I wanted to try it out and inspire others to do something radically new and important.
I think companies like Climeworks will be instrumental in helping us avoid climate chaos. We will overshoot our emissions trajectories and we’re going to need to do a serious clean-up. Climeworks will have been a pioneer in building out the technologies and business models that will enable us to do this at scale when we desperately need it.
From my personal end, I have electrified my house and car to completely get rid of oil and gas and run on sunshine. The next step I could see to take to clean up my own personal impact was to not avoid doing harm but to actively restore the atmosphere.
I was inspired to help Climeworks because I want to ensure that my carbon offsets are meaningful and permanent.
In 50 years Climeworks will be known as one of the main reasons that we managed to avert human extinction. Planting trees isn't enough especially as the planet warms and forest fires accelerate. We must reverse our carbon output and Climeworks is a lifesaver.
My life is dedicated to thwarting climate change. From investing in climate companies, building a net-zero passive house, driving a solar-powered EV, not flying, staying/shopping local, and maintaining my own garden, I do my best to keep my carbon footprint extremely low. I donate to Climeworks to help offset my small carbon footprint.
Brian Sapient, USA, Money Manager specializing in green investing, golf, basketball, yoga, and hiking
I think one of the biggest challenge mankind is facing is climate change. Climeworks gives me the opportunity to use my knowhow, skills and energy to be part of the solution. Furthermore, Climeworks has a wonderful team which inspires me every day and makes work enjoyable.
I want to thank our subscribers for their trust and contribution. Every day we give our best so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the solution. Together we can make a difference and reverse climate change.
This motivates me to give my best every day. It also strengthens my belief that together we can stop climate change. The challenge is huge and we all have to pull together.
Nathalie Casas, Climeworks, Switzerland, Head R&D
To contribute to the fast development of such technology, investigating materials that can efficiently achieve something as challenging as extracting CO2 from air is exciting.
Individual actions are of great importance, each one of the contributions to remove CO2 from the air counts. In the end, many small actions can add up to a huge impact.
It is amazing how many people support and believe in Climeworks. All these people give credit to my daily work and motivate us to keep going.
Ruth Garcia, Climeworks, Switzerland, Development Chemist
I did my PhD in Basel and so I have a soft spot for Switzerland and Swiss Innovation. I also work as an academic in the field of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and find it very inspiring to find a company carrying out carbon capture on such a large scale.
I’d love to think that in 50 years we wouldn’t need Climeworks anymore because as a global population we’ve learnt to balance the carbon budget. However, I realise that that is wishful thinking as the global leadership has been too slow to react to the climate crisis. I would like to see Climeworks as a global leader in dropping emissions but I’d also like to view it as a moral leader, where the company uses its platform to advocate for a multitude of low-carbon lifestyle changes such as no longer burning fossil fuels, significantly decreased air travel, economies driven by the wellbeing of its citizens rather than GDP, businesses invested in circular economies rather than advocating a throw-away society.
Whilst I work in the lab on CCUS, and you can see a talk I gave here. I’m moving into more climate change communication and trying to answer the question “Can we teach about climate change in a way that effects behavioural change?” To answer this I lead a project called “You and CO2” which teaches climate change to students age 12-15 using a mixture of traditional science education and creative writing. It’s a really exciting project and you can read more about it on our website.
We’d be really excited to work with teachers outside of the UK to build up a global picture of how students engage with climate change mitigation behaviours.
Dr Jennifer Rudd, Wales, Chemist, growing food and then baking chocolate + vegetable cake and parenting
I have never before worked with such a cool and inspiring group of people so dedicated to a common purpose and if everything goes well and the stars align Climeworks might very well save the planet.
After thanking our pioneers, many times, I would ask what their dedication is and what they aspire in life as our subscribers simply must be very cool and inspiring people as well.
It makes me immensely proud that people believe in us and that they share that dedication to our planet.
Bernhard Fradl, Climeworks, ICT & Process Manager
I was skeptical of carbon offset offerings before learning about direct air capture. Climeworks changed my mind with its verifiable offering. When I read that a Climeworks collector could capture more CO₂ than trees in the same land area, it seemed like science fiction—but that's what revolutionary technology feels like when you first encounter it.
In 50 years, I hope businesses are required to pay for capturing the CO₂ produced by their activity. I hope carbon capture is an expense incorporated into the manufacturing cost of all products and reported on packaging, similar to energy efficiency ratings or food nutrition facts today. While reducing carbon emission is critical, carbon capture technology will be a vital counter to unavoidable emissions. Climeworks is leading the creation of this essential climate infrastructure.
I have taken steps to reduce my carbon emissions by eating a mostly vegan diet, not owning a car, and buying less, but I still love to travel. My Climeworks subscription helps me feel less guilty about flying.
Jeremiah Lee, Sweden, engineering manager
I am quite concerned for the environment. The horrendous outlook for the planet if mankind isn't doing enough about global warming made me look into my own lifestyle and what I can effectively do to reduce my own CO2 footprint. After a lot of research and reading the Stripe blogpost about their ambitions to be carbon negative, CO2 sequestration seemed a very plausible way. Climeworks seemed the only option for me as the other companies in the field are funded by major oil corporations.
Ideally it would be a household name for environmental innovations. A lot can happen in 50 years and I'd be glad if Climeworks had a significant impact in keeping the planet habitable for humans.
There is an open research letter which lists the most effective ways of saving CO2 which has a nice overview on page 4 which inspired me to: Not travel by plane unless no other options exist. Last year I didn't fly at all and travelled to my sailing vacation in Italy by train. I'm lucky because I have multiple regional markets around me in Berlin so I don't go to supermarkets and create a lot less trash. I've reduced my meat and milk consumption and I ride my bicycle 95% of the time instead of driving around in cars. I have a green power provider; I buy stuff used rather than new when applicable. When I buy new stuff I try to go for the most environmentally friendly and sustainable option and I'm a Climeworks subscriber.
John-Paul Bader, Germany, Programmer/Backend Developer, playing guitar