Adriana Elera
Tejada

Project: Environmental Connections

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.

PROJECT


The project seeks to empower teenagers around a common environmental sustainability purpose that inspires them to act and be agents of change in their communities. Teens are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, but they will also be the leaders and decision-makers of the future. They must be involved in climate efforts because the future is theirs.

Open dialogue spaces will be formed. Through them, teenagers will build connections with each other to find out together why and how to take action in the face of socio-environmental injustices. During the sessions, teens will share their own perspectives, experiences and reflections about their relationship with nature, how climate change is impacting their communities, their role in a climate crisis context, and find their own power to make positive changes.

In this way, each they will be prepared to be climate ambassadors in their communities 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.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

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.