Dr. Cara Augustenborg is an environmental scientist by training and a media pundit by passion. She is currently a Senior Fellow in Environmental Policy at University College Dublin and serves as Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Europe. She also co-hosts the weekly Down To Earth slot with Ivan Yates on Newstalk FM’s The Hard Shoulder. Cara was appointed by Minister Denis Naughten as an advisor to Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 and to the first National Dialogue on Climate Action in 2017. She also serves as an advisor to Cool Planet Experience's Climate Champion programme and was the first person in Ireland to join Al Gore's Climate Reality Programme in 2013. In 2016, the Sunday Independent named Cara as one of the 20 most influential people to lead the low carbon transition in Ireland and GreenNews.ie called her one of five women in Ireland making incalculable contributions to Irish environmental issues. Her blog, ‘The Verdant Yank’ gives her take on "green" issues from an Irish-American perspective and was awarded Ireland’s best political and current affairs blog in 2016.
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