The Walker School’s inaugural Global Leader in Residence Yolanda Kakabadse, president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) returned to Webster last week to check back with the students, faculty, alumni and community members she taught and touched with her message in the Spring. During her final address to our Webster and St. Louis area communities, representatives for City of St. Louis’ Mayor Francis Slay honored the renowned environmentalist by naming November 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.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of St. Louis, this 8th day of November, A.D. 2012.