On August 7, 2010, Juan Manuel Santos assumed the presidency of Colombia. The same Day, before the official ceremony, he traveled to the Santa Marta’s Sierra Nevada. There, at the ceremonial center, the leaders of the indigenous peoples (the mamos) told him: “Find peace and seek reconciliation with the environment. With Mother Nature because it’s going undercontrol. It’s out of control by the way it has been mistreated”.
During his eight years of government, the commitment with the environment defense and the fight against climate change was a constant. The number of protected hectares tripled, it changed from less than 14 million to 43 million hectares, an area higher than Germany or Japan. All the paramos were delimited, which are actual water factories. We had a great protagonism in the negotiation and defense of Paris Agreement. Colombia was also the main promoter of Rio + 20 Summit and the Sustainable Development Goals initiative, which was later adopted by the United Nations.
As a former president, he continues supporting national and international efforts to face the biggest threat that humanity has had in its history: climate change.