Environmental activists write to UN, governments and NGOs calling for natural solutions
Environmental activists including vegan campaigner Greta Thunberg and journalist George Monbiot have written to the United Nations, world governments and non-governmental organisations, demanding a “natural solution” to climate change.
They group has called for forests to be restored, as well as salt marshes, peat lands and natural seabeds.
The aim is to prevent climate breakdown by “restoring our life support systems.”
In the letter they wrote:
“The world faces two existential crises, developing with terrifying speed: climate breakdown and ecological breakdown.
“Neither is being addressed with the urgency needed to prevent our life-support systems from spiralling into collapse.
“We are writing to champion a thrilling but neglected approach to averting climate chaos while defending the living world: Natural Climate Solutions.
“This means drawing carbon dioxide out of the air by protecting and restoring ecosystems.
“By defending, restoring and re-establishing forests, peatlands, mangroves, salt marshes, natural seabeds and other crucial ecosystems, very large amounts of carbon can be removed from the air and stored. At the same time, the protection and restoration of these ecosystems can help to minimise a sixth great extinction, while enhancing local people’s resilience against climate disaster.”