On Thursday chief U.N. climate negotiator Christiana Figueres spoke movingly with young climate activists at the Cancun climate talks (COP16). This video shows the strain on Figueres as well as the source of her determination as she took the time to speak to the young people from tcktcktck’s Adopt a Negotiator campaign. Figueres tears up when speaking of why the talks are important; she also describes the inspiration that keeps her working toward a global agreement:
Figueres speaks of the lessons learned from her father, a former president of Costa Rica, saying he “never took no for an answer.”
“A Diminished Planet”
For many environmentalists, there is a turning point that crystallizes the need to take action on manmade climate change. Figueres describes the spectacular golden toad she saw as a child in the Costa Rican rainforest. By the time her children were that same age, the toad was extinct, victim to changing temperatures and environmental stress.
Nothing More Urgent or More Sacred
Upon her appointment to the chief negotiator position earlier this year, Figueres stated: “There is no task that is more urgent, more compelling or more sacred than that of protecting the climate of our planet for our children and grandchildren.” As the Cancun negotiations enter their second and final week, we can only hope that Figueres and others with her attain agreement on some just, equitable and meaningful actions in the struggle to save our planet.
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