Leading with Science: The Crucial Role of Climate Experts in a Crisis Era

Monica Sanders
4 min readJun 17, 2024
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

In an era marked by escalating climate challenges, the leadership of climate scientists has never been more crucial. The intersection of scientific expertise and political influence offers a pathway to sustainable and informed decision-making. Two exemplary figures in this realm are Mexico’s new President-Elect, Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum and Dr. Frederic Bertley, whose contributions highlight the pivotal role of scientists in leadership positions.

Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum: A Visionary Leader for Mexico

Dr. Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico’s first female president and a climate scientist, embodies the fusion of science and policy. Her background includes significant contributions to the 2007 IPCC report, which won a Nobel Prize, as well as the 2014 report. Prior she was known as the sustainability-promoting Mayor of Mexico City, where she incorporated bike lines and solar energy projects into city infrastructure. Sheinbaum’s presidency marks a transformative period for Mexico. She is its first female and first Jewish president. However, it is her scientific acumen that equips her to address climate change with a depth of understanding and a commitment to evidence-based policies.

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Monica Sanders

Founder, The Undivide Project (www.theundivideproject.org); Activist-Scholar; Professor@Georgetown; Senior Fellow, Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy