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- Albert Einstein

Iceland’s Prime Minister Is An Environmentalist

Nature and Environmental Writer: Katie Byng-Hall Takes A Closer Look At Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir

Photo by Martin Jernberg

The people of Iceland have elected Katrin Jakobsdottir, the 41-year-old chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, as their Prime Minister.

The former education minister is a self-proclaimed environmentalist, who is aiming to turn the country around after a period of scandal in Icelandic politics, as well as tackle the ever-worsening problem of climate change.

Jakobsdottir has pledged to set Iceland on the path to carbon neutrality by 2040, and has already taken action to make this a reality. She has appointed Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson - CEO of Landvernd, the largest nature conservation and environmental NGO in Iceland - as the country’s Minister of Environment.

It is very unusual for a non-MP to stand as a cabinet member, but many think that appointing a genuine environmental expert demonstrates Jakobsdottir’s dedication to counteracting climate change.