Mia Mottley is the Prime Minister of Barbados and one of the world’s most vocal advocates for wealthy nations and historic polluters to support the most vulnerable countries facing permanent loss or damages from climate change. As she wrote for TIME: “Developing countries rightfully demand that their rich neighbors do more, given the wealth they’ve gained from years of burning fossil fuels unchecked.” To address this need, last year she helped launch the Bridgetown Initiative, which calls for a new global mechanism to quickly channel funds to support climate adaptation. In 2019, she developed Barbados’s ambitious plan to phase out fossil fuels by 2030, and this year she convened the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris to force reform of multilateral development banks and reduce lending costs for small island developing states.
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