Reason for Hope - COP 15 and Helping the Planet
Hey JOOB fans,
We've been a bit lax in adding content to our blog site this year due to work, baby, and all, but we did have time to hear about the latest UN conference on biodiversity and thought it was worth highlighting. If you haven't been following I'll leave a few resource links below for you to peruse.
The amazing news and why there's hope out there for those wanting to see significant impact on improving our planet is that the 190-nation conference attendees set a goal of 30 x 30 - to conserve 30% of the worlds ecosystems by 2030. That's a bold ass move, and will take a huge effort - but why not set a moon shot for the planet?
To be specific, from the notes of the conference:
Crucially, the framework must include a commitment to conserve a minimum of 30 per cent of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030. Ambitious goals must be matched by real action: as Prime Minister Trudeau had announced during the
ceremonial opening event the previous day, Canada was substantially increasing its aid to developing countries to take action on biodiversity. Government had a central role but must work closely with civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia, citizens and the Indigenous and First Nations Peoples. The post-2020 global biodiversity framework must unite us all in our efforts to halt biodiversity loss and set the world on a path to living in harmony with nature by 2050.
While the agreement isn't legally binding to the countries, what's cool about this is that finally there's not an "us vs. them" mentality with most countries and governing agencies. We've screwed up the planet so much and are costing countries, agencies, etc. billions in climate related events that action is the overriding sentiment now. While it's unfortunate it's taken this long to get moving, and there's always the risk of back-sliding on commitments - there's good movement on substantive action. Let's keep pushing our leaders in this direction.
COP 15 documents: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2021-2022/cop-15/documents
CFR Take: https://www.cfr.org/article/goal-conserve-30-percent-planet-2030-biodiversity-climate?gclid=CjwKCAiAkrWdBhBkEiwAZ9cdcOQMw0CPwGJS_yURR3ZY-no_rpcLO4QHa988f2sFAgVV14lYjBNCIxoCyjAQAvD_BwE
NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/19/climate/biodiversity-cop15-montreal-30x30.html
COP 15 Site: https://www.unep.org/events/conference/un-biodiversity-conference-cop-15
Interesting FAQ on COP 15 from Zurich Insurance: https://www.zurich.com/en/media/magazine/2022/what-is-cop15-and-how-does-it-differ-to-cop27
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