24 Jan 2018 Video Sustainable Development Goals

Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and UN Environment Champion of the Earth

Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, is UN Environment's latest Champion of the Earth for Policy Leadership. 

In October 2015, President Bachelet established the marine park Nazca-Desventuradas in San Ambrosio and San Felix Islands, and a range of protected areas and marine parks in the Juan Fernandez Islands. She also extended protected areas in Easter Island. The total coverage is now over 1 million square kilometers, the largest in the world. Aside from marine environmental protection, her policies have seen renewable energy production surge from 6 to 17 per cent of Chile’s energy mix in just 4 years.

“Chile has shown the world that you don’t need to be a rich country to preserve the environment,” says Bachelet.

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