The symptoms of our unbalanced relationship with the natural world are impossible to miss: the COVID-19 pandemic; record global temperatures; one million species at risk of extinction.
Time is running out. We must take action to set nature on the path to recovery.
Aotearoa New Zealand is one of more than 85 countries to endorse the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature to reverse nature loss this decade — a great first step! Now, the race is on to turn this commitment into action.
This year, we have a momentous opportunity to build a better path forward, as world leaders get set to make critical decisions on climate and the environment that will shape decades to come.
World leaders will soon be making decisions on climate, biodiversity, and oceans—setting the direction for much of our planet’s future.
But for them to act, they need to hear from YOU.
To: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Our planet is facing a dual climate and nature crisis — which poses grave risks to our incredible wild places, native species, and our own health and livelihoods.
Right now, we have a chance to halt and reverse these trends and put nature on a path to recovery. There’s no time to waste.
We must turn our commitment to the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature into measurable and concrete targets which include:
Cutting emissions. We must urgently reduce our emissions across all sectors to reach our target of net zero emissions by 2050 to keep warming below 1.5°C, and speed our transition to clean and renewable energy.
Prioritising nature-based solutions. Nature has a critical role to play in the fight against climate change as well as helping us adapt to climate impacts. It is vital we invest in protecting, restoring and sustainably managing ecosystems as part of our national climate plan.
Conserving our moana/ocean. The health of our ocean — which absorbs huge amounts of carbon, regulates the global climate, and provides food security and livelihoods for communities — is critical in mitigating the climate crisis. We must act now to manage 100% of our ocean sustainably, effectively and equitably, whilst upholding the rights of tangata whenua. To do this, we need to protect at least one third of our ocean by 2030, ensure transparent and sustainable fisheries, and safeguard our threatened and endangered marine taonga/treasured species.
Aotearoa New Zealand has an opportunity to be a global leader in efforts to halt climate change and biodiversity loss — while promoting a more secure, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future. We must act now.
Heads of State and Government that have endorsed the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature have committed to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 for sustainable development. The pledge sends a signal to step up global ambition on biodiversity and commits endorsers to take action in 10 areas over the next 10 years.
World leaders are scheduled to make critical decisions on climate and the environment at global conferences this year. They can and must take ambitious action on our interconnected environmental challenges to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and deliver an equitable, nature-positive and carbon-neutral world.
Nature-positive means halting and reversing nature loss by 2030, measured from a baseline of 2020 — through increasing the health, abundance, diversity and resilience of species, populations and ecosystems so that by 2030 nature is visibly and measurably on the path of recovery. Learn more here.