Climate change is the greatest threat to nature. We all rely on nature for survival and now nature is relying on us.
Government leaders from around the world met in Bali, Indonesia, during the first two weeks of December to lay the groundwork for the next international agreement to address climate change. Over 10,000 people attended this United Nations-sponsored event, representing government, indigenous groups, non-governmental organization, corporations and all sectors of society.
Around the world, people depend on natural systems for their economic survival. For instance, an estimated 500 million people rely on coral reefs for their food and livelihood. Similarly, over 1 billion people around the world, many living in extreme poverty, depend on forests for freshwater, food and fuel.
However, these natural systems — and the lives they support — are threatened by the inevitable impacts of climate change.
Building nature’s resilience to climate change is vital to reducing impacts on people and nature, through strategies including:
- Establishing protected areas that strengthen resiliency to climate change, helping ensure the food security of millions of people.
- Promoting healthy reefs, mangroves and coastal wetlands that can minimize damage to coastal communities by buffering them against increasingly frequent and intense storms.
- Protecting and restoring forests that can reduce soil erosion and mudslides brought on by changing weather patterns.
Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. If we don’t act now, climate change will permanently alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival.
Climate Change and Poverty
The 3 billion people who live in poverty around the world will be hardest hit by climate change. The poor are more dependent on natural resources and have less of an ability to adapt to a changing climate. Diseases, declining crop yields and natural disasters are just a few of the impacts of climate change that could devastate the world’s most vulnerable communities.
The world’s poorest are also the least responsible for climate change: The world’s least developed countries contribute only 10 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)