A Global Roadmap to Peace with the Earth
UN offers science-based blueprint to tackle climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution
18 February 2021 (UN News)
Humanity’s ‘senseless and suicidal war on nature’ has resulted in ‘three interlinked environmental crises’ according to UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Secretary-General António Guterres. The climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that ‘threaten our viability as a species’ are detailed in UNEP’s just released Making Peace with Nature.
It shows that ‘human well-being lies in protecting the health of the planet,’ Guterres said. Two-thirds of global CO2 emissions are linked to households, which is part of the environmental cost from growing the global economy nearly fivefold in the past five decades.
Global warming is on track to increase by 3°C this century, pollution-driven diseases are responsible for some nine million premature human deaths a year, and over a million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. Women are 80% of those displaced by climate disruption, water pollution kills 1.8 million a year, largely children, 1.3 billion are poor, and 700 million are hungry. Change will require integrating nature’s value into policies and economic choices. click here for more