World Leaders commit to Pledge for Nature, Environmental Recovery

Worldwide, the natural environment is straining under the weight of a myriad of threats, and time is quickly running out to stem the damage before it becomes irreversible. The urgency of the situation prompted leaders from 64 countries around the world to sign a Pledge for Nature on Sept. 28, committing to work together to put ecosystems—land, ocean, and freshwater—on a path toward sustainability. The group released the pledge ahead of the Sept. 30 United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, which will bring together heads of state and other government representatives under the theme of “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.”

Can you guess which “advanced” nation hasn’t yet decided if it should sign on to such a radical proposal?

2 thoughts on “World Leaders commit to Pledge for Nature, Environmental Recovery

  1. Cassandra says:

    “Political and business leaders worldwide are failing to stop the planet turning into “an uninhabitable hell” for millions of people, the United Nations warned on Monday.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/12/climate-change-spurs-doubling-of-disasters-since-2000-un
    Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, a UN report said. https://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-triggers-doubling-of-disasters-threatens-millions-un/a-55243851 The report did not touch on biological hazards and disease-related disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than one million people and infected at least 37 million in the last nine months.
    “We are willfully destructive. That is the only conclusion one can come to”, with action on climate change and other major threats lagging, said Mami Mizutori, the U.N. Secretary-General’s special representative for disaster risk deduction.
    See also “Women key to fight against climate change” (video) https://www.dw.com/en/women-key-to-fight-against-climate-change/a-42829376

    • p/s says:

      “Three Scenarios for the Future of Climate Change” By Elizabeth Kolbert (The New Yorker, October 5, 2020) https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-a-warming-planet/three-scenarios-for-the-future-of-climate-change

      VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet and help the poor in his second TED talk. https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-science-climate-climate-change-environment-496543b1d18d49f072520bdc35011a54
      “…Francis laid out three paths of action: promoting education about the environment “based on scientific data and an ethical approach,” assuring drinking water and an adequate food supply through sustainable agriculture and promoting the transformation from fossil fuels to clean energy sources.
      “We have just a few years — scientists calculate roughly fewer than 30 — to drastically reduce the emissions of gas and the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere,” the pope said, adding that the transition needs to take into account the impact on the poor, local populations and those who work in the energy sector.
      He called on investors to exclude companies that do not taking into account the environment, as have many faith-based organizations already have.
      “In fact, the earth must be taken care of, cultivated and protected; we cannot continue to squeeze it like an orange. And we can say this, taking care of the Earth is a human right,” Francis said.”

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