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I wouldn’t want to trade nightmares with the top U.N. climate official.

Kevin Frayer / Stringer

Christiana Figueres delivered a speech on Monday to the high-level ministers now tasked with negotiations to reach a global climate deal in Paris. She outlined the stakes of reaching a successful deal, including the consequences if the 195 countries don’t deliver. “I am often asked what keeps me up at night,” she said. “Here is what keeps me up. I see seven sets of eyes of seven generations beyond me asking me, ‘What did you do? What did you do?’ The same question will be asked of each of you.” 

Creepy? Definitely, though it’s also understandable. Her job—essentially to deliver an agreement that changes the disastrous course the world is on—is a lot of pressure.