MK Vereen joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2021 as a program assistant for the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Spanish and environmental policy, as well as a minor in Latin American studies. Before graduating, she wrote a thesis in Spanish centered on sustainable development in Ecuador.
As delegates from around the world finish up their business in Glasgow at the United Nations climate conference, Mexico has not increased its emissions-mitigation goal, as countries pledged under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Its president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is doubling down on policies that would make his country the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in Latin America and the 16th largest in the world, even more of a polluter.