Malak Altaeb is an independent consultant, blogger, and researcher originally from Libya and currently based in Paris, France. She has a master's degree in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po University in Paris and a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Tripoli, Libya. Currently, she is an ecological security fellow at the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), Strategic Risks Institute, as well as a Non-Resident scholar in the water and climate program at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC. Malak was previously a non-resident fellow with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), where she focused on food security in North Africa.
For decades, political elites have neglected environmental challenges in their pursuit of power at a grave cost. With all eyes on COP28, there is an opportunity for Libya to commit to prioritising climate change, writes Malak Altaeb.