Monica Araya: A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels
Monica Araya - Climate advocate
In 2015 Monica Araya's native Costa Rica produced almost all of its electricity from renewable sources. She advocates for the next step: a fossil-fuel-free world. Full bio
could take the lead in this transition.
is a contentious statement,
is at stake in our countries
at the center of our development.
between development on the one hand
renewables, quality of life, on the other.
a developing country.
of the Americas,
to remember where we live.
on fossil fuels,
transition as a marathon,
to the finish line,
the rest of the economy?
that if we don't succeed,
to talk to you about Costa Rica,
for development without fossil fuels.
was coming out of civil war.
won the hearts and minds:
would have no army.
by smashing the walls of an army base.
in the new constitution,
nearly 70 years later.
before I was born,
and millions of others
that it was good luck,
free education and free health care.
into social spending,
investing in hydropower,
for electricity generation,
is struggling with today.
of growth, growth, growth at any cost
especially in the developing world.
for ecosystem services,
which today is a key engine of growth.
we don't have contradictions.
by making our own choices,
in dealing with development problems.
is around 11,000 dollars,
the Social Progress Index,
into social progress.
with big ideas,
to grow up with that narrative.
for this generation?
to let go of fossil fuels for good,
to the impacts of climate change.
it is in our best interest
comes from water in our rivers,
disrupting our transportation system
buses and trains with electricity
for us Costa Ricans,
is not working for us.
and infrastructure fail,
we have to accept this as normal.
every single day.
in other countries
happy in pura vida.
about clean transportation
some distant utopia out there.
that is happening today.
and conventional cars
of oil-based transportation, we can,
that we didn't have before.
with this idea,
and so is Costa Rica, so get real.
to that argument is?
the world is stuck with armies,
to be brave again
why we have to do this.
and urbanization is broken,
to redefine our urban and mobility future.
that are built for cars.
that is clean and dignifying.
adding fleets of conventional cars,
is not going to be sufficient.
incremental projects in my country,
with really beautiful electric cars here
in the same kind of infrastructure,
breaking free from oil,
can be an inspiration to others,
we were not using any fossil fuels
of the Paris climate agreement.
and be an example.
the ground up is needed.
we created Costa Rica Limpia.
and we want to inspire citizens.
will be bogged down by endless,
by various established interests.
powered by renewables
take that away from us.
from our seven provinces
in terms that matter to them,
into citizen language
and can play it together.
the promises that were made
that they have to deliver it,
when we form coalitions --
the new normal,
will have to disclose where they stand
has to enter our mainstream politics.
this is not a question of climate policy
what we have to show
who haven't been born.
these were military barracks
without an army in this place,
About the speaker:Monica Araya - Climate advocate
In 2015 Monica Araya's native Costa Rica produced almost all of its electricity from renewable sources. She advocates for the next step: a fossil-fuel-free world.
Why you should listen
Monica Araya is the founder and director of Costa Rica Limpia (Spanish for "clean"), a citizen group that promotes clean energy. Costa Rica Limpia tracks governmental pledges on key issues such as renewable energy and public transport investment, and it hosts citizen consultations to give visibility to people's preferences on these topics. Araya is also the founder of Nivela, an international thought leadership group that advances narratives on development and climate responsibility by combining senior and millennial perspectives from emerging economies.
After earning a master's in economic policy from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Araya obtained a PhD in environmental management from Yale. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs named her 'Personality of the Future' in 2014.
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