New Zealand’s ex-PM Jacinda Ardern joins Conservation International to champion climate action.
Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has taken on a new role as an advocate for environmental preservation and climate action with Conservation International, the organization confirmed on Monday.
Ardern, who made headlines with her unexpected resignation as prime minister earlier this year, has been appointed as the sixth Arnhold Distinguished Fellow at Conservation International. In this role, she will focus on key issues impacting the Pacific and Antarctica over a two-year term. The fellowship is part-time and offers a stipend.
Since leaving office, Ardern has embarked on several new ventures, including dual fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the undertaking of a book project about leadership.
Despite the declaration not bringing any new legal powers or funds, Ardern emphasized its significance for future generations.
In addition to her climate advocacy, Ardern was known for implementing measures such as banning offshore oil and gas exploration and the use of plastic shopping bags.
M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, praised Ardern's appointment, citing her "leadership, empathy, and determination" as vital attributes that contribute to advancing environmental and climate solutions.
Ardern, who became a symbol of progressive leadership on the global stage, ascended to the prime ministership at the age of 37. Upon her departure, she cited personal exhaustion and acknowledged her waning political support in New Zealand, a sentiment reflected in the subsequent electoral defeat faced by her successor, Chris Hipkins.
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