World Leaders Address Collapse Of The Natural World At The U.N. Biodiversity Summit
While the US is still talking through last night's presidential debate. Nearly every other country is gathering digitally today to try to address a bigger challenge. The collapse of the natural world NPR's Nathan Rot reports that scores of countries are making new pledges to conserve nature but the US is not participating in two thousand, ten world leaders gathered in Japan to try and slow humanities rapid destruction of nature. They said twenty targets for the coming decade to slow extinction, protect wild spaces and limit pollution and development. Nearly every country in the world signed pledges ten years later. As yet been met Elizabeth Mirim Raimo is the assistant secretary general for the United Nations, and she's leading today's Convention on biodiversity. World leaders are setting new goals in the midst of a pandemic that says should serve as a warning to us all want to avoid another covid. Then we have to take action communist really was not their friends with says with with the boiler with HIV all these wacky signs. were either serve and protect that nature by it ever city aw it will make a Safa is we do not deforestation about diversity loss, increase the risk of pathogens jumping from animals to humans. It also puts humans at risk by eroding natural processes that we all rely on and Laurie Guidry is the executive secretary of the intergovernmental platform on biodiversity and. Ecosystem services capacity of forest who draw Kaban controlled climate other capacity of rivers to provide clean water. All of those have been strongly declining because of this binder REC- loss and lost she says is unsustainable. Rebecca shop chief scientists at the World Wildlife. Fund says there seems to finally be a growing recognition of that fact worldwide, we're seeing an intensity of insurance. Around doing things differently, the hope is that ten years, some of the promises being crafted made now will actually this time be carried out. A thin rods. NPR News.