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Beyond World Summits: Into Biodiversity Restoration

Actualizado: 4 ene 2022

The United Nations’ 26th Climate Conference of the Parties (COP 26) generated a ton of media attention this month, and hopefully will result in binding commitments by large nations to reduce their emissions. However, given that it is the 26th time these same actors have come together to talk, or blah blah blah, about climate change, it seems foolish to hope that serious change will result.

We started workshopping the idea for Humans for Abundance about two years after the 2015 Paris accords, or COP 21, had ended with a consensus by large nations to keep warming under 1.5 degrees celsius. Yet, emissions steadily rose year after year, fossil fuel subsidies were doled out to extremely profitable multinational corporations, and new oil, gas, and coal infrastructure continued to be greenlit and built by governments the world over.

At the same time, more and more reports about the decreasing levels of biodiversity all over the world had been released. Biodiversity loss is certainly affected by a changing climate, but its primary cause is loss of habitat. And while the two issues are very much related, along with the trashing and overfishing of the worlds’ oceans, much less media attention and funding is given to biodiversity loss even though scientists warn that it is just as threatening to human existence as the climate crisis. After all, if there are fewer insects to pollinate our crops, less plants to filter air and water, or no fish in the oceans, there can be no civilized society on this planet.