BIODIVERSITY – LIFE BETWEEN HANDS

Written by misioneras

08/12/2022

COP15 – MONTREAL

We are in charge of the lives of other species. We are witnessing the greatest loss of biodiversity as a consequence of the way we live.

From December 7 to 19, 2022 in Montreal, Canada, governments from around the world will come together. The objective is to agree on new goals that guide global measures and initiatives until 2040 focused on protecting and restoring nature.

The preparatory draft text for the Global Biodiversity Framework contains 21 targets for 2030.

Targets:

  • 1. Conserve at least 30% of the world’s terrestrial, marine and coastal areas.
  • 2. Subject at least 20% of each of the degraded freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems to restoration, improving ecosystem integrity and focusing on priority ecosystems.
  • 3. Reduce by at least 50% the rate of introduction of other known or potential invasive species.
  • 4. Reduce by at least half the nutrients that are lost to the environment and by at least two thirds the chemical substances, particularly pesticides, which are harmful to biological diversity and eliminate the dumping of plastic waste.
  • 5. Minimize the impact of climate change on biodiversity, contribute to mitigation, adaptation and resilience through nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based approaches and ensure that all mitigation and adaptation efforts, equivalent to at least least 10 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide per year, avoid causing negative impacts on biological diversity.

We have the lives of many beings in our hands, hopefully we hear in our hearts the words of Genesis. “Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, according to our likeness; and he cares for the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts, and all the earth, and every animal that creeps on the earth. And God created the human being in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Gen 1, 26-27

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