Adriana Elera

Project: City of Women

Adriana is an Ernst & Young consultant, specialist in sustainability and climate change. Her purpose is to work for social and climate justice, reduce inequalities and ensure sustainable development. She has worked in the implementation of Peru's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) within the framework of the Paris Agreement for sectors of mitigation and adaptation to climate change. She has completed an internship at the Inter-American Bank of Development (IDB) at the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ICES) in Washington D.C. This is when she realised the need to design a new integrated and planned growth approach where environmental pressures are considered, and economic prosperity and social welfare are guaranteed. Her passion for learning has led her to explore human development, freedom, and social justice guided primarily by the work of Amartya Sen. Adriana is a professional graduate in Business Engineering from the Pacific University.


The program is about empowering female adolescents living in peri-urban areas of Lima on climate matters. The aim is to empower them as agents of change in their communities and act on climate. The program will be carried out through workshops and will have two phases:

  • The first covers the understanding of the current context and level of exposure and vulnerability at the global level, country and in their communities. Dialogue spaces will be generated to share perspectives and promote collaboration.
  • The second phase is the development of local solutions to climate change. The adolescents will focus on a problem observed in their community and will look for alternative solutions on topics such as green spaces, waste, water, and energy.

In this way, each adolescent will be prepared to be a climate ambassador in their community and thereby achieve a multiplying effect, because in turn this preparation at the climate level generates positive impacts on different interdependent edges. It will contribute to achieving more sustainable, participatory, inclusive and prosperous communities through climate justice and gender equality.

I have worked with different social programs where I have been able to verify the positive results of interventions on adolescents that allowed them to take advantage of their development potential on present and long-term endeavours. Also, for almost two years I have been working on climate change projects. In that time, I understood the need for gender-differentiated interventions because not all of us are impacted in the same way by the climate crisis. Realising that women and populations living in slums are more vulnerable to climate change, I decided to take action on it.


I have a need to work towards a better understanding of the magnitude of the climate crisis and its consequences, especially within the most vulnerable groups who will be the most affected. Today more than ever, I firmly believe in joining forces, educating on the consequences of our decisions and preventing future harmful scenarios. I believe in generating knowledge and action as an empowerment tool for sustainable, low carbon, resilient and socially just development.