“The Forgotten Solution” coalition writes from climate summit to United Nations: Don’t forget forests, food and land

News 14.09.18


Stiltwalkers dressed as giant trees will deliver a letter this afternoon (Friday) to the driver of an electric car, to be driven coast-to-coast from the summit in San Francisco to the United Nations in New York and handed over to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.

Keeping global temperatures under a 2-degree rise will require as much carbon savings as possible from forests, food, and lands – in addition to more renewable energy – say leading environmental groups attending the Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco.

Accordingly, the coalition behind “the forgotten solution” campaign has released an open letter to the United Nations Secretary General in New York, where Climate Week will be held Sept. 24-30 before international climate talks resume this December in Poland.

Their letter calls on world leaders to do everything necessary “to secure, by 2030, achievement of 30 percent of the Paris Agreement goals from natural climate solutions in the forests, food and land sector.”

Signers include: American Forests, Avoided Deforestation Partners, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Forest Trends, George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, Nature4Climate, Rainforest Alliance, SystemIQ, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, United Nations Foundation, World Resources Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.

They are calling for 30% of carbon savings by 2030 from forests, food, and land (see www.climatelandchallenge.org) and for these natural climate solutions to no longer be “the forgotten solution” (see www.theforgottensolution.org).