Jamaican track and field sprinter, Elaine Thompson, has received US$12 million from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a global ambassador to campaign on Climate Change worldwide.
According to the organization, Elaine Thompson’s appointment as an ambassador to combat climate change would yield positively due to her influence in world athletics.
Elaine Thompson, who rose to prominence as part of the gold medal-winning team in the 4×100 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships, was announced and honored during the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
She expressed gratitude and re-affirm her commitments to help fight climate change.
In his turn to deliver a speech, Fiji’s Prime Minister congratulated the athlete on her appointment and went ahead to issue a coded warning to Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change.
The US leader is due to decide on future US participation in the Paris climate agreement after next week’s G7 meeting in Italy.
But Frank Bainimarama told delegates here that whether you lived in Miami or New York, you wouldn’t be able to escape the rising seas.
Fiji will lead the next key UN climate talks later this year.
This normally low-profile May meeting of UN delegates has been overshadowed to an extent by the ongoing question of future US involvement in the Paris accord.