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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