Climate leaders call for 2030 nature agreement

Climate leaders call for nature agreement to avoid Holocene extinction
Bird in nature, photo: Canva

Climate leader, who were the architects of the 2015 Paris agreement, called Wednesday for an ambitious new climate deal at the upcoming United Nations biodiversity meeting in Canada next month. 

Many countries will meet in Montreal to develop new biodiversity measures to protect animals and plants from human destruction. Scientists warned the world is possibly facing its sixth mass extinction event, the Holocene extinction.

Several climate leaders who helped pass the Paris Agreement called for an ambitious framework at the upcoming biodiversity meeting. They want a strong sister agreement with the potential of securing a nature-positive world by 2030.

A key goal of the Paris Agreement is to ensure global warming stays below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, preferably under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Experts say this is a minimum if humanity is to prevent devastating and potentially irreversible tipping points.

The upcoming biodiversity conference from December 7 to 19 in Canada “offers an unprecedented opportunity for the world to turn the tide on nature loss. We cannot afford to miss it. Bold leadership is required.”

The climate leaders called for nature to be a priority when deciding how to halt global warming: “COP27 must go further in recognising nature’s fundamental role as part of the climate solution.”

   

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