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Building a new and strong economic narrative on nature loss and ecosystem degradation.

The damage we are inflicting on nature is not only a grave environmental crisis, it is a growing economic one. Despite many attempts over the last 50 years to make clear the links between the economy and a healthy environment — indeed to stress the dependence of the former on the latter — evidence is not leading to action.As far back as the 1972 Limits to Growth report from the Club of Rome, warnings have been raised about the ability of our planet to maintain a growing population, given current modes of production and consumption. Indeed, the Convention on Biological Diversity, agreed at the UN in 1992, set out to protect nature and ensure its sustainable use.In 2007, during the G8+5 countries meeting in Potsdam, Germany, environment ministers proposed to initiate the process of analysing the global economic benefit of biological diversity, the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the failure to take protective measures versus the costs of effective conservation, and that’s how The …

Let’s make the World’s Cities a little Greener

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in cities, and this number is set to increase to 68% by 2050, which represents an additional 2.5 billion people (UN, 2018) and urban populations are expected to almost double from 3.5 billion today to 6.7 billion by 2050. Cities are the hubs of national economies, innovation and culture. However, despite only covering 2–3% of landmass, cities are also responsible for a significant portion of global CO2 emissions, 50% of global waste and 75% of natural resources consumed. Urban growth was also responsible for 16% of natural habitat lost between 1992–2000, and more than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits.At the same time cities hold the key to change these trends, and cities around the world have started to do so. Protecting and restoring the environment is not just a moral duty; nature supports our societies, cities and economies and is our greatest ally in so…

5 ways to protect biodiversity

\What is Biodiversity? Why does Biodiversity matter to us? What can you do for biodiversity, and what does it do for you?You might find yourself asking similar questions, and you’d be right, it is a vast topic, but the one thing I would say is that we are indivisible from biodiversity and nature and it is time we renew that relationship. A New Deal for Nature and People is urgently needed.Biodiversity — the abbreviated form of biological diversity, means the abundance and variety of life on the planet. A biologically diverse natural environment is essential to human health, well-being and prosperity. It provides us with everything from the air that we breathe, to the water that we drink and the food that we eat. More than 7 billion people inhabiting planet earth rely on nature and biodiversity for their livelihood and well-being, either through economic, cultural, or spiritual benefits. Nature also has intrinsic value — it has value in its own right too.Unfortunately, we are losing bi…

Freshwater species in freefall: why everyone should care

TIUN’s new Living Planet Report has confirmed our worst fears. Freshwater species populations are continuing to plummet — now down 84% on average in the past 50 years. While that shocking statistic tells the story of decades of decline in the overall abundance of freshwater life, it also includes tales of extinction, including this year’s biggest loss — the Yangtze Paddlefish. Sadly, too many other freshwater species are heading for the same fate.It’s no coincidence that confirmation of the ongoing collapse in freshwater species comes just a couple of months after the UN announced that the world was still way off track in terms of SDG6 — providing water for all. Few people connect the two, but the loss of freshwater biodiversity is the clearest sign that we are not on course to achieve that essential goal. Destroying the freshwater ecosystems that our societies and economies depend on is no pathway to sustainable development.Water sustainability has to incorporate the protection of ec…