For over 20 years, I have worked with partners from too many countries to count as an environmental advocate. I started off working for IUCN's Environmental Law Center in Germany - working mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Then I moved to the Environmental Law Institute where I worked with partners in Eastern Europe and Latin America. And now for over a decade, I have been with NRDC working first in Canada on wildlands, energy and climate issues and more recently directing our international work around the world while focusing my personal advocacy on fighting expansion of tar sands extraction in Canada. I am inspired by the incredible hard work and dedication I see every day to protect the environment. And sometimes I am discouraged that we are still fighting so many of the battles that were on the table when I started this work. But that is the nature of environmental work - it is a continual effort to make the world a better place for us, for our children and for those who come after.