Reading Time: 2 minutes Pictured: Christiana Figueres with environmentalist and award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio Credit: UN Climate Change, from Bonn, Germany
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Plant-based meat brand Impossible Foods has welcomed Paris Agreement architect Christiana Figueres to its board of directors.

The company says Figueres brings ‘decades of experience in international diplomacy, climate change policy, and sustainable development’.

Previously, Figueres was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010- 2016.

She rebuilt global climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009. Moreover, she ‘brought together governments, corporations, activists, financial institutions and NGOs to deliver the unprecedented Paris Agreement of 2015’.

‘Catastrophic climate change’

Dr. Patrick O. Brown is the CEO and founder of Impossible Foods. In an online statement, he said: “Christiana has tremendous influence as a global leader in the movement to avert catastrophic climate change.

“We are thrilled to have her guidance as we pursue our essential environmental mission. Especially as we accelerate our international expansion.

“Her experience and insights into working with the global community on climate change solutions will be invaluable in our fight to save the planet.”

Figueres then added: “I’ve devoted my career to fighting climate change with optimism and collaboration. Joining the board of Impossible Foods enables me to amplify my lifelong environmental advocacy.

“The company’s innovative and market-driven approach empowers people to be part of the solution to our climate crisis.”

What is the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change.

Its goal is to limit global warming to ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

Countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate-neutral world.

However, in 2017, Donald Trump controversially decided to leave the Paris climate accord in 2017.

But, just hours after being sworn in as President, Joe Biden and his administration signed legislation for the US to re-enter the Paris Agreement, following a 30-day notice period.

Liam Giliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.