‘Nature is under threat,’ Trudeau warns opening COP15 biodiversity conference IG News

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At 73 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and five other dignitaries officially launched the 15th global dialogue to save nature from human destruction, figures show that 4,000 hectares of forest worldwide would be lost to the same force. went.

This is the kind of damage the meeting is seeking to prevent as the world faces a biodiversity crisis that is threatening human health, contributing to food insecurity and exacerbating climate change.

“Nature is in danger,” Trudeau said at the opening ceremony of COP15 in Montreal.

“Indeed, it is under attack.”

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Over the next 14 days, negotiators from all 196 countries in the world are being asked to strike an agreement between the two sides and begin restoring the ecosystems we have destroyed and damaged.

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Calling it “Paris for Nature”, the hope is Montreal will see an agreement to slow the destruction of nature the way the 2015 UN conference in Paris set the road map for slowing climate change.

In 2019, the United Nations issued a dire scientific assessment warning that nearly one-quarter of every species assessed, in both animal and plant groups, was at risk of extinction before the end of this century. It also said that three-quarters of land-based ecosystems and two-thirds of marine environments have been “significantly” altered by human actions, including agricultural and industrial expansion, consumption patterns and population growth.

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COP15: Trudeau warns of ‘clock-ticking’ during opening ceremony of biodiversity convention

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also in Montreal on Tuesday, urging countries to stop treating nature “like a toilet”.

“The loss of nature and biodiversity comes with a human cost,” he said.

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“A cost we measure in lost jobs, hunger, disease and deaths. A cost we measure in the estimated $3 trillion in annual losses from ecosystem degradation by 2030. A cost we measure in lost water, food and energy measure in the high prices of.”

Nature can help prevent the catastrophic damage caused by climate change, not only by absorbing more of the carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming, but also by reducing the effects of extreme weather.

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‘Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction’: UN Secretary-General warns during COP15 opening

Nature talks in Montreal are looking to agree on setting 22 targets to reverse biodiversity loss. This would include everything from using less plastic and increasing urban green space to finding funding to help pay for it.

While all of the goals are interdependent for success, the major agreement will be to protect 30 percent of the world’s land, inland waters and marine coastal areas from development by 2030.

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But even before the COP15 UN nature talks officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Maruma Marma, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, was warning that things were already off.

“There has been some progress, but not as much as was needed or expected,” Marma told a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday morning. “And I personally have to admit that I don’t think the reps went as far as we expected.”

The talks are due to officially start on Wednesday, but the countries have been slowly building up a draft agreement over the past few years. Over the weekend, negotiators spent three days in a working group hoping to whittle that draft into something more manageable.

it did not work.

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The main target of protecting 30 percent by 2030 has also been missed due to time constraints, said Guido Brokhoven, head of policy at the World Wildlife Fund International.

As it stands the draft doesn’t even agree on what land and water should be protected, or how much.

Canada has its own goal of protecting 30 percent of land and coastal marine areas by 2030 and has already reached about 14 percent of both. Globally, about 16 percent of land and inland waters are under some level of protection, and about eight percent of marine and coastal areas.

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Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said 30 per cent was the minimum that should be protected.

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COP15: Quebec premier says province will protect 30 percent of territory by 2030

Trudeau opened the talks Tuesday with a pledge to add an additional $350 million to Canada’s global funding for international biodiversity protection. Quebec Premier Francois Legault told delegates that his province would commit to meeting the 30 percent target within Quebec by 2030.

A number of protests are expected at the event, which is expected to attract 17,000 delegates over the next two weeks. The first made itself known on Tuesday when a small group of indigenous protesters began drumming and singing during Trudeau’s opening speech.

After about three minutes, the security personnel took him out of the room.

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