We have failed drastically in all our attempts to save the planet, and now the UN is concerned that we may have almost run out of time…
Overpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Are now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
And there is no denying that things are now worse than ever before.
And scientists at NASA have been using Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances that have allowed them to see the bigger picture.
And did you also know that the oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters of ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969?
And both the extent and thickness of the Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades – causing utter devastation to the environment and the species that live within it.
And unbelievably, there are people out there who deny that climate change even exists… including our very own President.
Despite the efforts of those few trying to rectify the climate crisis, it appears that not enough has been done to protect our planet.
One hundred and ninety-six countries signed the agreement to take part in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Promote sustainability, and protect ecosystems.
A: To address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society
B: to reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use
C: to improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity
D: to enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services
E: to enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management, and capacity building
With just 6 out of the twenty targets being “partially met.”
The 6 targets that have been focused on, although not completely met, are; preventing invasive species, conserving protected areas, access to and sharing benefits from genetic resources, biodiversity strategies and action plans, sharing information and mobilizing resources.
While some of the targets were only partially met, others had been found to have gotten worse over the decade.
Is the “critical threat to freshwater diversity.”
“During the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, countries have worked to address many of the causes of biodiversity loss. However, those efforts have not been sufficient to meet most of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets established in 2010. Much greater ambition is needed.”
With the hope they can turn things around in the next 40 years.
“As we emerge from the immediate impacts of the pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate the transitions outlined in this Outlook to put the world on track to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.
Part of this new agenda must be to tackle the twin global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss in a more coordinated manner, with the understanding that climate change threatens to undermine all efforts to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity and that nature itself offers some of the most effective solutions to avert the worst impacts of a warming planet.”
“We know what needs to be done, what works, and how we can achieve good results. If we build on what has already been achieved and place biodiversity at the heart of all our policies and decisions – including in COVID-19 recovery packages – we can ensure a better future for our societies and the planet.”
Keep scrolling for more on the climate emergency, and find out what Dwight from The Office has to say about it all…