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British Natural History Museum declares planetary emergency, to focus on biodiversity and climate

Updated: Feb 11


The Natural History Museum in London has declared a planetary emergency.


Researchers at the museum say "all the warning lights are flashing" and they would be "failing in [their] duty if [they] didn't pass these warnings on."


They have launched a strategy to 2031 and pledged to meet a science-based carbon reduction target in line with the goal of keeping climate change under 1.5°C of warming.


Prof Andy Purvis, a Research Leader at the Museum said:

"All the warning lights are flashing: hottest years on record, coral bleaching, rising sea levels, loss of tropical forests, wild populations declining, and a million species threatened with extinction.
"If we let these crises get much worse they could threaten our entire way of life. And that really isn't hype: we're close to the point where climate change will inevitably flood coastal cities and virtually wipe out tropical coral reefs.
"If a society can't get what it needs from nature--food, clean water, and all sorts of other benefits--then that society is in deep trouble. We are so close to the precipice."

The Museum is part of a UK-wide partnership tackling urban biodiversity loss and transforming the gardens in South Kensington. A year-long season of events and activities on the importance of nature is also launching, called Backing Biodiversity.


A children's gallery will be also be created to allow them to imagine new futures for a world where people and planet thrive and a new world-class dinosaur gallery exploring biodiversity, extinction and climate change will open.





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