TIME100 Leadership Series Catches Up With Influential People

For nearly a century, the heart of TIME’s journalism has been a commitment to telling the stories of the people who shape, challenge, and inspire the world.

We continue that tradition this week with the TIME100 Leadership Series. This series features conversations with TIME100 honourees across decades and the world. While our annual TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people aims to capture the leaders of a particular year, this project allows us to take measure of their ongoing impact. Rolex has supported our work for over 75 years and this series was created in partnership with them.

Lucy Feldman, the senior editor, traveled to Toronto to meet Margaret Atwood. Atwood was selected to TIME100 for 2017. Atwood, now 82, has written more than 60 works. The Handmaid’s Tale,This was the inspiration for this acclaimed TV series which will return in October.

Atwood, the child of a forest entomologist and a naturalist, has a strong voice about climate change. “It’s not just climate change—it’s everything change,” she told Lucy during their visit, citing as one example the drought that helped destroy Mayan civilization. “The moment when you give up hope,” she said, “that is the moment when you cease to take any actions that might be positive to get out of the doom.”

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