The voices of leaders openly advocating for societies to prioritize environmental conservation are growing. Climate change expert Christiana Figueres launched a podcast in December addressing the challenges the world faces in combating climate change and the actions being taken globally and nationally to address this phenomenon.
In the first episode, titled “Everything to Play for,” marking the third anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Christiana interviewed Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, who expressed his awareness and commitment to addressing climate change.
During the conversation, Alvarado emphasized the difficulty of working on environmental issues in the current international context, where countries have different criteria and approaches to the problem. However, he stressed the need to make an effort, not only with the mind but also with the heart, and highlighted the importance of translating this effort into actions, technology, science, or values.
Alvarado pointed out that the fight against climate change is not just about economics or technology; it is also about ethics and philosophy. He described it as “a task founded on love; the love of the current generation for the future generation.”
According to the president, Costa Rica will work decisively against climate change in the coming years and hopes to serve as an example and inspiration to other countries. Despite being a small country, Alvarado stated that Costa Rica will promote significant environmental initiatives in the coming years, such as ecotourism and the implementation of new renewable energy networks.
Alvarado also emphasized the importance of helping the population understand that they are part of this long-term project, “a process in which the government and the population must be interconnected, as both are interdependent and co-responsible.”
Explore the “It’s Going to be Tremendous” podcast addressing the challenges of the world against climate change at: http://globaloptimism.com/podcast/
About the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy formally brings together the Compact of Mayors and the Covenant of Mayors for the EU, the two leading city initiatives to assist cities and local governments in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and demonstrating their global impact. Led by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, and the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, the coalition comprises over 9,149 cities on 6 continents and more than 120 countries, representing over 700 million people or 10% of the world’s population. Learn more at https://pactodealcaldes-la.org. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean is the regional chapter working to establish the Global Covenant in the region.