At Climate Salad, we are proud of our female founders and their accomplishments. We also value the important role women and girls have to play in building this future.
The 2023 IWD theme is #EmbraceEquity. This isn’t only about achieving gender equality, but also acknowledging that females are crucial contributors to fostering equitable business, communities, and solutions. Over the next week, our female community will share their climate tech stories, and how we can truly embrace equity by supporting female founders in climate tech. Today, we hear from Evannah Jayne, and how her “get it done” attitude led to her founding Terran Industries.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your journey into climate tech.
My climate journey started when I entered the workforce in my early 20’s, as someone who was always sustainability minded growing up, it was terrifying to see the lack of knowledge, intent, and responsibility in the business world when it came to implementing sustainable practices. I recall driving home from my then day-job thinking how annoyed I was at the lack of people doing something about it, so I decided to do it myself. From that day onwards, my life has been dedicated to the formation and growth of my company. Terran Industries was born to fill the need for sustainability accessibility. Hundreds of great climate tech solutions were being created, but we realised most businesses didn’t have the knowledge or means to access them, so we created a business that made that a reality.
What excites you most about Climate Tech?
The endless possibilities. I love seeing all the new innovations that start ups are creating in the climate tech space. Every day I find new solutions, and each one solves its own niche solution in the climate world.
How can we better support women in climate tech? If you could change one thing, what would it be?
To broaden the scope of the definition of ‘climate tech’, technology is a great start and extremely essential to the global green transition, but technology alone isn’t enough. Many women aren’t trained in computer science or related technology skillsets, we need to broaden the scope to include aspects of sustainability and climate change solutions that can be implemented by a range of transferable skillsets from existing departments and industries. To effectively transition the global economy into a sustainable future, we need all skillsets.
What advice would you give to fellow females interested in jumping into climate change solutions?
Don’t give up – follow your heart. Climate change effects women disproportionately, we need to stand up and not let any barrier get in our way. The emerging climate tech & sustainability industries is projected to create millions of jobs globally, now is our chance to play a leading part in an industry that will literally change the world.
What is a statistic on climate change you would like to share?
“1 in 10 people globally are at risk from rising sea levels due to glacial melting”
While the buzzword of the decade is ‘net zero’, nature-based solutions are a key factor that need to be implemented to combat the climate crisis.
Is there a quote on climate change you would like to share?
“You can either be comfortable or you can grow, but you can’t do both”. Too many people are comfortable or complaisant with the world today, if we want to build a sustainable future, we need to grow together.
To further celebrate International Women's Day, we have put together some insights about the women fronting our Climate Tech sector, using data from the 2022 Industry Report.
Although there is ambition and progress, there is still much to do. For example, 48% of executive boards are male-only; compared to only 2.9% of female-only boards. That’s why it is important for our founders to get involved in the Industry Report. We are currently gathering responses and would love to hear from you, click here to complete the 2023 Founders Survey.
Learn more about Terran Industries: https://www.linkedin.com/company/terran-industries/
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