Forty-five governments, led by the UK, will pledge urgent action and investment to protect nature and shift to more sustainable ways of farming at the COP26 Nature and Land-Use Day happening today (Saturday 6 November).
“Recent IPCC reports have delivered a stark warning that we are in a climate and nature emergency, the two are interlinked and that our global response must address both urgently. Today’s pledges are a positive step forward in acknowledging that we need global support for rapid on the ground action to unlock the power of nature.
“Limiting global temperature rises to no more than 1.5C cannot happen without investing in the protection and restoration of nature. We must both phase out fossil fuels and revive our world through nature-based solutions that lock up greenhouse gases and help communities and wildlife adapt to climate change.
“These pledges must be a catalyst for directly investing in and supporting frontline communities to protect their natural world, by showing that at a global level we value their role as custodians of nature. We must all act locally and think globally, unlocking the finances needed to reward those who are responsible for providing clean air, water and spaces for wildlife to thrive.
“We now have strong and positive commitments that will help tackle the nature and climate emergency, but this ambition must urgently become action. However it is only be part of the solution - if we are to live up to our ambition to revive our world we still need to go further and act faster.”
Beccy Speight - chief executive
At COP26 world leaders will make long-lasting choices that will affect our day-to-day lives. We need to show that action speaks louder than words and we need your help. Simply take an action for nature, and tell us what you’ve done. Then you’ll stand with thousands of others to demand decision-makers follow our lead. Find out more about how to stand up for nature here.
Last Updated: Tuesday 25 January 2022