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Coalition Invites Individuals to ‘Get Loud, Be Vocal and add their #VoiceForThePlanet’
Ahead of what may be the most critical climate meeting since the UN Paris Agreement, NGO members of #VoiceForThePlanet are raising their collective voice to encourage individuals to add their #VoiceForThePlanet to protest the twin planetary crises of escalating climate change and the rapid loss of nature and wildlife.
Food as a climate solution?
A series of recent reports have concluded that the world’s food system is broken. The most recent of these studies, released this week from the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) speaks to 10 global transformations over the next decade with potential to help tackle the climate crisis while feeding a projected global population of nine billion people by 2050.
Youth4Nature demand that nature be part of the climate solution
Youth4nature explain in their own words why nature must be part of the climate solution collating stories from all corners of the world detailing their experience of the climate crisis and explaining why this matters more than ever.
A Manifesto for Nature
More leaders are now being encouraged to endorse the Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Manifesto with the goal of ensuring that people and nature are at the centre of economies and policies, as well as generating the shifts needed in domestic and international finance and scaling up nature-based solutions in practice.
N4C media response to IPCC special report on climate change and land
The IPCC Report on Land confirms what we already know to be true: that we are facing a planetary emergency, that the window for taking decisive action is closing fast and that the costs of inaction will be catastrophic. While the report paints a bleak picture of what could come to pass, it also points a way forward, including opportunities for immediate action. The most important lesson is that the planet has boundaries we must understand and respect. Meeting the Paris climate agreement of staying well below 2 °C can only be achieved if combining the phase-out of fossil fuels with managing all planetary boundaries, particularly land, biodiversity, nitrogen, phosphorus and water.
Nature’s crucial moment at the next UN Climate Summit
At what might be the most high-profile summit on climate change since the 2015 UN conference that led to the Paris Agreement, nature will play a central role as a lead theme and one of the key six ‘action’ areas at the UN Secretary-General summit, during Climate Week. To celebrate and endorse nature’s role as a climate solution and its intrinsic value providing a third of the climate solution by 2030, Nature4Climate will host four days of powerful programming at the Convene 101 Park Avenue and Central Park Zoo from September 22nd to 25th.
The leaders of these sinking countries are fighting to stop climate change
The success of these countries offers a broader lesson: no one nation can solve a problem as complex as climate change alone, but together, bands of nations can make a difference. And that lesson applies to a host of global challenges, from emerging diseases to international terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons. As states around the world turn inward in response to rising populism, the tiny island nations are showing that international institutions remain not only relevant but also necessary to address the toughest challenges of our generation.
Looking back; looking forward: REDD+
REDD+, which seeks to create financial incentives for forest conservation, has attracted criticism for failing to deliver expected results, and for giving polluters an excuse to avoid reducing their own emissions when forest-based emission reductions are used for offsets. On the other hand, proponents argue that REDD+ is an important way to supplement emission reductions from fossil fuels, and to incentivize emission reductions from land-use change. Nature4climate spoke with Frances Seymour, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute and one of the world’s experts on forests.
Saving the planet may not be as expensive as we thought
Nature is our best ally in reducing levels of carbon in the atmosphere, but how much do we have to spend? Scientists from the Earth Innovation Institute, the University of Wisconsin, and The Nature Conservancy have an answer. In the latest online publication of the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers calculate how much carbon could be removed from the atmosphere by planting trees and stopping deforestation in 90 tropical countries – that’s if carbon was at priced at $20, $50, and $100 per ton.