Dear world leaders
Nature provides us with the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. We depend on it to grow our crops, to source our medicines, to house us and to clothe us. When we destroy nature, we destroy the essentials on which we all depend.
Today IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, www.ipbes.net) the independent global scientific body on biodiversity of more than 130 governments publishes its report on the current state of life on Earth. The report paints an alarming picture of species extinctions, wildlife population declines, habitat loss and depletion of ecosystem services adding to the existing wealth of evidence that we are losing nature at a dramatic and unsustainable rate.
The report also makes clear the cause of this destruction: us. We are cutting down our forests, overfishing our seas, polluting our rivers, degrading our soils and changing our climate. This poses an urgent threat to all life on Earth including ourselves.
There is still time to protect what is left and to start restoring nature. But to do that, we must radically change the way we live, including how we use energy to power our societies, grow our food, and manage our waste. This is an immense task but many of the solutions are already at hand.
Each of us has a role to play in bringing about this transformational change. But we need you, our political leaders, to lead and to set us on a path to a future where people and nature thrive.
Next year, there is an unmissable opportunity to choose a new direction for people and the planet. Important global decisions will be made on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development at a series of UN meetings in 2020. Together, these form an action plan for change, a real New Deal for nature and people.
But for this to happen, we need decisive and ambitious action from you. Thats why today:
We call on you to stop funding activities that destroy nature.
We call on you to put an end to deforestation and land degradation.
We call on you to protect our oceans and marine life, especially against plastics.
We call on you to encourage the transition to sustainable agricultural practices.
We call on you to implement the Paris Agreement to halt climate change.
The future of all life on Earth lies in the balance. We urge you to act now.