Webster GLIR Honored: St. Louis Mayor Proclaims Nov. 8 ‘Yolanda Kakabadse Day'
The Walker School's inaugural Global Leader in Residence Yolanda Kakabadse, president of the Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) returned to Webster University Nov. 7-8 to check back with the students, faculty, alumni and community members she taught and touched with her message in the Spring.
Kakabadse's first session, “Ideas for One Planet Sustainability” addressed the grand challenges of sustainability through facilitated student teams in the St. Louis region.
In her keynote address, “Agree to Disagree: Managing Conflict for a Sustainable World,” she shared unique life- affirming experiences with environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability.
During Kakabadse's final presentation, representatives for City of St. Louis' Mayor Francis Slay honored the renowned environmentalist by naming Nov. 8, 2012 “Yolanda Kakabadse Day” in St. Louis.
The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, Yolanda Kakabadse's work as an environmentalist and position as president of the World Wildlife Fund International spotlights her passion for protecting and conserving natural resources; and
WHEREAS, she has committed her life to improve the quality of the worlds' communities by promoting conscientious living habits that will bring about a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment; and
WHEREAS, her tireless work for our planet encourages businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, and individuals to think and act in sustainable ways to protect future generations; and
WHEREAS, her leadership as Minister of Environment in Ecuador, President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and as the driving force behind the creation of the Foundation for the Future of Latin America reminds us that as a global community we must uplift and empower every part of the world when it comes to conservation; and
WHEREAS, her work in St. Louis sharing the importance of biodiversity conservation, science education and species conservation has helped our community understand the importance of One Planet Sustainability.
Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim November 8, 2012 as: “YOLANDA KAKABADSE DAY” in the city of St. Louis.