Championing Environmental Causes: Jacinda Ardern’s New Role with Conservation InternationalChampioning Environmental Causes: Jacinda Ardern’s New Role with Conservation International https://www.esgenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/np_file_206804.jpeg 2000 1333 ESG Enterprise https://www.esgenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/np_file_206804.jpeg
In a significant move towards advocating climate action and global environmental conservation, former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assumed the position of an Arnhold Distinguished Fellow with Conservation International. This prestigious role highlights her commitment to tackling climate change and environmental issues, particularly those affecting the Pacific and Antarctica.
Arden’s journey into this esteemed role follows her unexpected resignation as Prime Minister in January, marking a new chapter in her career. In addition to her responsibilities with Conservation International, she is concurrently pursuing dual fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and authoring a book focusing on effective leadership.
Throughout her political career, Ardern was a vocal proponent of global climate action. Over the past 15 years, her dedication to this cause has grown stronger, fueled by her first-hand experiences witnessing the tangible impacts of climate change.
As New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Ardern introduced several noteworthy environmental policies. In 2020, the country declared a climate emergency, symbolically recognizing the gravity of the challenges future generations face. Although this declaration did not grant new legal powers or additional funding, it signified a significant acknowledgment of the urgency of climate action.
Arden’s vision extended to several eco-conscious policies. She halted new exploration for offshore oil and gas and enforced a ban on plastic shopping bags in New Zealand.
Ardem’s appointment as the sixth Arnhold Distinguished Fellow is seen as a pivotal moment for the global conservation and climate action movement. Her unwavering commitment, empathetic approach, and resolute determination are viewed as essential qualities necessary for driving environmental and climate solutions.
Ardern assumed the role of Prime Minister in 2017 at just 37 years old and swiftly gained international recognition as a symbol of progressive leadership. Her decision to step down was rooted in her belief that she no longer possessed the energy required to fulfill the role effectively, while her successor, Chris Hipkins, faced a significant defeat in a recent general election.