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Why This Matters: The signatories to the agreement came from all over the world, but there were some notable absences. The presidents of the US, Brazil, and China – Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and Xi Jinping – have not signed the pledge, despite China’s hosting and chairing the biodiversity meeting next year. These important nations need to get on the bandwagon.As we reported, two weeks ago the UN announced that the world failed to meet a single 2020 target to slow the loss of the natural world, including goals to protect coral reefs, preserve natural habitats and reduce plastic and chemical waste.
Mainstreaming Nature in International Meetings
The leaders pledged to “join forces in the run up to the key international events and processes taking place throughout 2021, including the G7, the G20, the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the fifth UN Environment Assembly, UNFCCC COP26 and the UN Ocean Conference, aiming to achieve ambitious and realistic outcomes to pave the way for a strong Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework….” Never before have biodiversity and support for conserving nature made it on to the agenda of the G7 and G20 meetings, so this promise is a huge step forward to addressing the extinction crisis.
“Scientists are telling us that protecting at least 30% of the planet by 2030 is the minimum amount of protections needed to help confront the escalating crisis facing nature. It is encouraging to see a growing list of world leaders embrace this proposal as an essential element of any effective biodiversity protection strategy. For our collective efforts to be successful, we must also ensure that any global biodiversity strategy respects and promotes Indigenous Peoples’ rights and is backed by significantly increased funding.”
To Go Deeper: See this interview with Justin Kenney of the UN Foundation, on why this can still be the Super Year for the ocean. The ocean may be vast but it needs to be conserved just as much as land.
Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators met with President Biden to reach a deal on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The bulk of the funds will be put toward transportation and “traditional” infrastructure such as bridges, roads, transit systems, and passenger rail. The remainder of the funds will be spent on other infrastructure such […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]
It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
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