Part I: Robbyne Kaamil, Saving Benjamin
Robbyne Kaamil is the Executive Producer of the PBS television show, Urban Animals. She is a passionate animal rights activist who has written several award winning public service announcements for PETA which ran on Fox, ABC and Bounce television affiliates nationwide. She co-wrote the song, “Free the Monkeys”, with fellow activist and HLN Television Host – Jane Velez-Mitchell which shed light on the mistreatment of monkeys being used in lab experiments in Hendry County, Florida as well as the song “Free Lolita: Let the Girl Go” to raise awareness about the Orca Lolita who is being held captive at the Miami Seaquarium. Her children’s books, Saving Benjamin and Food for Alex, were recently published. Each of the books encourages social responsibility and community involvement. Robbyne is also a comedian who has matched wits with Howard Stern and has been featured on numerous television and radio shows. She is currently on tour with her comedy show, “2 Queers & A Bitch”. Her monthly advice column “Dear Diva” is featured in Australia’s DNA Magazine. She has also served as executive producer on several independent films.
Part II: Carl Pope, Climate of Hope
Carl Pope currently serves as the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development. Former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club, he has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, and National Clean Air Coalition among many others. He is the author of three books. He writes regularly for Bloomberg View and Huffington Post. Find him on Twitter: @CarlPope