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Christiana Figueres

Former Winrock Board Member ‘The Woman Who Could Stop Climate Change’

In the August 24, 2015, issue, The New Yorker posits that Christiana Figueres may be “the woman who could stop climate change.” In her role as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Figueres is tasked with persuading the leaders of 195 countries to reduce carbon emissions.

“You know, I think that this whole climate thing is a very interesting learning ground for humanity,” Figueres is quoted by the magazine. “I’m an anthropologist, so I look at the history of mankind. And where we are now is that we see that nations are interlinked, inextricably, and that what one does has an impact on the others. … So I look at all of this and I go, This is so cool—to be alive right now!”

A former Winrock board member, Figueres was the Climate Leadership honoree at the American Carbon Registry’s 2013 awards ceremony.

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Winrock has long recognized the threat posed by climate change. ACR, founded in 1996 and operated by Winrock, is dedicated to the belief that markets are the most effective tools to tackle climate change. As such, ACR has developed transparent and science-based methodologies to incentivize carbon reductions in agriculture, transportation and other industries. ACR is also a partner in assuring that California’s landmark Cap-and-Trade Program can manage, verify and credit carbon offsets effectively.