For those of you who speak Dutch and are following the climate change negotiations under way in Poland (how's that for whittling down your audience to a tiny handful :-), the Brussels-based magazine De Morgen just published an interview with me as a United Nations Climate Hero. More important than the substance of the article is the fact that I'm featured on the same page as international supermodel Gisèle Bündchen watering a plant. I learned two things after using Google Translate to read the articles: Gisèle and I share similar views on the importance of protecting the environment, and she's remarkably better looking than I am.
Here's Gisèle: Here's me:
The article describes me as "an energetic New Yorker" (that pretty much goes for everyone living here...) and describes how my then 8-year-old son and I became UN Climate Heroes in 2009 when we cycled 2,500 miles across Japan, raising money for the Billion Tree Campaign. Many governments, companies and individuals supported that campaign, which resulted in over 7 billion trees being planted, one for every person on the planet.
I also described my work at Intel Corporation on clean technology and my opinion that the private sector has a key role to play in addressing climate change. One of the reasons I take my children on crazy bike trips around the world is to help them develop a sense of connection to nature and a desire to protect the wilderness that remains. When you love something, you don't procrastinate as it is steadily ruined, like our politicians are doing today.