President William Ruto is among world leaders featured in the 2023 TIME100 Climate list of individuals making significant progress in fighting climate change by creating business value.
Ruto has been a global champion of climate change, advocating for the establishment of a new multilateral climate action financing mechanism, financed from global carbon taxes on fossil fuel, aviation, marine transport financial transactions to finance decarbonization, adaptation, and nature protection and regeneration.
In line with the latest scientific and economic thinking, Time Magazine prioritized nominees from the five systems most crucial to change: energy, nature, finance, culture, and health.
”We valued measurable, scalable achievements over commitments and announcements. We favored more recent action,” Time Magazine writes.
The list also features various CEOs, founders and co-founders: Bill Gates of Breakthrough Energy, Josh Tetrick of Eat Just, Mateo Jaramillo of Form Energy, Edda Sif Pind Aradóttir of Carbfix, Peter Carlsson of Northvolt, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher of Climeworks, Manoj Sinha of Husk Power Systems, Val Miftakhov of ZeroAvia, María Mendiluce of We Mean Business Coalition, Martin Lundstedt of Volvo, Jesper Brodin of Ingka Group/IKEA, Beth Ford of Land O’Lakes, and more.
The TIME100 Climate list has 45 women including musician Billie Eilish, fashion designer Stella McCartney, philanthropist Melinda French Gates, founder of Our Children’s Trust Julia Olson, founder of Rise St. James Sharon Lavigne, Brazil’s minister of environment Marina Silva, VP of United SteelWorkers Roxanne Brown, CEO of BYD Americas Stella Li, Sr. Director of Charging Infrastructure at Tesla Rebecca Tinucci, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever Rebecca Marmot, Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake, and more.
It also features 60 internationally based individuals including Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan, executive chairman of Iberdrola Ignacio Galán, CEO of Vattenfall Anna Borg, founder of Kere Architecture Francis Kéré, founder of Kubik Kidus Asfaw, founder of the Carbon Disclosure Project Paul Dickinson, and more.
Other Policy-makers and government officials on this year’s list include U.S. special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, U.S. state senator Scott Weiner, principal deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Jennifer Wilcox, Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley, Copenhagen mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, former VP of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and more.