A pivotal pledge to save and restore our planet’s forests was officially announced on the second day of the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow.
With that deal came a long list of commitments from public and private sector actors to combat climate change, curb biodiversity destruction and hunger, and to protect indigenous peoples’ rights.
A film narrated by Sir David Attenborough played on the screens at the COP26:
“By destroying forests, we are harming biodiversity and our lives…
Forests provide fresh water, clean the air we breathe, inspire spiritual value, and provide us with food…
Our challenge now must be to halt deforestation and beginning to restore forests.
It is a huge undertaking, and every country will need their own table approach.”
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson came to the podium to announce that at least 110 countries representing 85 per cent of the planet’s forests had signed the pivotal COP26 Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use, committing to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030.
“Protecting our forest is not only a course of action for tackling climate change but also for a more prosperous future,” he said.
Boris Johnson highlighted that China, Russia and Brazil have also joined the promise, which he believed could be also a ‘parallel’ opportunity for job creation.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and well as Brazil’s, Jair Bolsonaro, appeared in a pre-recorded message supporting the pledge, among other leaders absent from the COP.
“Signing the Declaration is the easy part.
It is essential that it is implemented now for people and the planet,” UN chief António Guterres urged on his official twitter account, according UN News.
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