Bridgetown, Barbados: Prime Minister Mia Mottley is named among the TIME100 Most Influential Climate Leaders in Business 2023- a list of the world’s most influential leaders driving business to real climate action.
Mottley was spotted under the defender category and gained international recognition for her intense stance on the severe impacts of climate change on small island developing states. It is primarily caused by the practices of more developed countries.
TIME described PM Mottley as one of the ‘World’s most vocal advocates’ for wealthy nations and historic polluters to support the under-developed countries who are facing permanent loss or damages from climate change.
Barbadian leader was named among the government officials and policymakers on this year’s list, which was comprised of catalysts, leaders, titans, defenders, and innovators.
As she penned for TIME, “Developing countries rightfully demand that their rich neighbours do more, given the wealth they’ve gained from years of burning fossil fuels unchecked.”
PM Mottley launched the Bridgetown Initiative to address this need, which focused on a new global mechanism to channel funds immediately to support climate adaptation.
Mottley’s Climate Advocacy
Notably, PM Mottley has always remained at the forefront to address the unbalanced effects of climate change on countries. Her efforts aim to urge wealthy nations and historic polluters to extend their support to vulnerable countries.
In 2019, she introduced Barbados’ ambitious plan to wind down fossil fuels by 2030, and this year, she assembled the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris to force the rectification of multilateral development banks and decrease lending costs for small island developing states.
It is to be noted that she has significantly contributed to shape discussions about climate change and encouraging wealthy nations to take responsibility for their actions.
The 2023 TIME100 Climate list featured 45 women, including Musician-Billie Eilish; fashion designer- Stella McCartney; founder of Our Children’s Trust- Julia Olson; founder of Rise St James- Sharon Lavigne; Brazil’s minister of environment- Marina Silva and CEO of BYD Americas- Stella Li among others.