Nicole Han, the communications manager of public health campaign group Vital Strategies, has moved to international climate action group 350.org.
She takes on a newly created position as Asia Pacific communications manager, based in Singapore.
Her role will support 350.org’s work on community-led energy climate solutions and the organisation’s Just Recovery campaigns, which call for an equitable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by providing economic relief directly to the most vulnerable people, and creating resilience for future crises, including climate change.
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She joins 350.org at a time when the region’s governments are putting economic recovery plans into action that have come under scrutiny for eshewing low-carbon development options. Asia is the only continent in which coal use is growing, and is a crucial ground for 350.org’s campaign for a fast, managed decline of the fossil fuel industry.
350.org was founded in the United States in 2007 to campaign for the end of the fossil fuels industry, and takes its name from the safe limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to avoid a climate tipping point: 350 parts per million.
Han said: “The pandemic has upended life as we know it and has particularly devastated the most vulnerable populations. Climate science tells us that if we don’t limit the warming of the Earth, the life of future generations will be similarly affected. We cannot carry on with business as usual. In these uncertain times, I am excited to be working towards a more sustainable new normal.”
Han moves on from Vital Strategies after just under a year and a half with the organisation, where she led communications for the environmental health division covering India, Indonesia and Peru.
Before joining Vital Strategies, Han led Asia Pacific communications for environmental group Conservational International based in Singapore.
Han’s most recent project for Vital Strategies was the Jakarta Clean Air Partnership, a collaboration between Vital Strategies, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the city government to pinpoint sources of air pollution in the Indonesian capital.
Coming in to run communications for Vital Strategies as director of public relations is Christine Honeysett, who joins the NGO after more than two and a half years with Girls Who Code, an NGO that works to close the gender gap in technology, based in New York.