Joshua Wolfe is a creative entrepreneur who specializes in energy, the environment, and climate. He has built a number of the projects from the ground up that tackle some of society’s most pressing issues.
Based in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Josh started his career as a photographer focused on telling the story of global warming. In 2008 WorldChanging.org said described his work this way: “Whether he’s climbing mountains with 90 lbs of sensitive equipment and a stash of protein bars; gazing down dizzily through the lens from the window of a prop jet; or performing yet another death-defying feat to get that perfect glacial shot, Wolfe’s work has put him face-to-face with more of the changing landscape than most people will ever see. His heartbreakingly beautiful photographs are proof.” Josh’s efforts led to his becoming the youngest person to receive the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography from the Sierra Club.
Since then, Josh has expanded into project development across a wide variety of mediums. He leads a team of twelve who do everything from build iPad apps to produce documentary films.
Along with Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Josh is co-author of of Climate Change: Picturing the Science (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009). According to NPR, “It’s an important subject, and Wolfe and Schmidt make a compelling case that we should care.”
Josh is currently working on a series of projects to document the history of climate science. These include ClimateScience.tv, an online forum for scientists’ films; The History of Climate Science, a film with a planned 2013 completion date; and a rapidly expanding archive of films from the history of climate science.
One of Josh’s recent projects is Filling the Gaps: The History of Weatherization Assistance Program, a documentary film that Bill McKibben called “seriously inspiring.”
In late 2011, Josh co-founded the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund with Scott Mandia. The organization helps cover the legal bills of scientists who get dragged onto the political stage, and it contributed more than $70,000 in 2012.