Blog #4: Christian Figueres

Christiana Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on climate change and was executive Secretary of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). She is currently Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, ClimateWorks Board Member, World Bank Climate Leader and Mission2020 Convenor. She started her career of as the  Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982 before she moved to the USA. Shortly after the failed global climate change Conference in Copenhagen, Christiana had a goal to reconstruct the global climate change negotiation operation leading to another big Conference which was held in Paris six years later. 

Christiana’s passion to have a voice in the action of climate change all started when she realized that species were becoming extinct because of our harsh behaviors. Christiana said, “I saw this species when I was a little girl, but when I had two little girls the species no longer existed”. The creature she was referring to was a golden toad which was once a very common animal in Costa Rica.

            Christiana has written many books about living in the climate crisis and is an amazing public speaker who speaks her voice no matter what people’s opinion. To this day, Christiana continues to influence and teach us about the importance of our environment and how to react appropriately when dealing with any situation that face us. Her passion to rebuild the damages that we have left in our environment is very inspiring because as a woman leader, she shows us that no matter the gender, we can take on such challenges that many of us would never even think of.

She is a very moving woman because of her positive outlook and strong attitude. We share the same belief that the word “impossible” is not a fact, but just an attitude. Moreover, her hardworking energy and fire inside of her that pushes her to succeed motivates me to carry on the same traits. Her creativity and inspirational imagination influences many of us to follow her point of view – that there is always a bright side when faced with a challenge. 

She is taking it upon herself to correct the path that 100 men could not accomplish. I find it extremely inspirational how she can command the attention of the world on a subject that is so critical and so urgent that no men have been able to attain her level of success in addressing climate change. It is so inspirational to me that someone is stepping up and taking charge to ensure a positive result for our future and for the future of the generations to come.

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