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Alliance launches plan to save the planet

07 / 06 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

Healthy and productive ecosystems sustain life on Earth, but face accelerating threats from human behavior, including habitat destruction, pollution, species loss, and unsustainable resource extraction. The result is humanity is rapidly depleting the planet’s natural capital, sowing the seeds of its own demise, say scientists. Deforestation for soy production in the Bolivian Amazon and Chaco. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. A new initiative however aims to counter that trend by fundamentally transforming food, city, energy, and production and consumption systems. The Global Commons Alliance will do this through a four-pronged approach that leverages the best science to provide actionable guidance to businesses, governments, and the general public. “We have pushed our Earth systems to a tipping point,” said Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii in remarks at the opening of the Ecosperity 2019 conference in Singapore on Thursday. “If we don’t change the path we’re on we will destroy the stable conditions that are the very foundations for our economies and societies.” “First, start using science to measure our impact on the global commons, and set targets to reduce the impact,” she said. “Second, we must foster collective action. Only by working together to achieve the same goal of sharing our common resource do we have a chance.” California coastline. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. So far, more than two dozen organizations have joined the initiative, while over 550 companies and cities have set science-based targets for operating within Earth’s planetary boundaries, including their climate, oceans, biodiversity,…

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