A new UN report, compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, suggests around a million species worldwide now face extinction within decades.
Commenting on this Isobel Mercer, Senior Land Use Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland said: “This new report makes clear that global ecological breakdown is happening right now, and underlines the need to governments to take action before it is too late. 56% of species in the UK have declined since 1970. RSPB Scotland wants to see nature’s recovery made a priority by government, and for Scotland to play a leading role in the transformative global change needed. We welcome the First Minister’s recent acknowledgement of a climate emergency and the growing public awareness of the ongoing climate crisis.
“The climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis are intrinsically linked and need to be tackled together through nature based solutions. Creating, protecting and enhancing habitats at a landscape scale is vital to this, such as partnership projects RSPB Scotland is part of like Cairngorms Connect and Flows to the Future. Creating bigger, better areas for nature that are more joined up will not only help wildlife but also deliver crucial climate benefits. For instance restoring Scotland’s peatlands will give a home to many animals and plants, as well as protecting and enhancing this habitat’s amazing ability to store huge amounts of carbon.
“However, we cannot hope to restore biodiversity through landscape protection and enhancement alone. Shockingly, the report tells us that 75% of the world’s land surface has been altered, with much of this done to support our increasing global patterns of production and consumption. There needs to be a radical overhaul of the way we use our land and Scotland can and should lead the way in this by promoting sustainable high nature value farming systems.
“Fight for Scotland’s Nature is calling for a Scottish Environment Act that will safeguard and build on EU protection to defend our right in Scotland to a healthy environment. Thirty five environmental charities across Scotland have joined forces for the campaign – by taking part and adding your voice you’ll be sending a clear message to the Government that they need to take real action now to safeguard Scotland’s environment and create a better future for nature and for people.”
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Last Updated: Monday 6 May 2019