COP15, the Biodiversity Conference, is an urgent opportunity for nations to come together to take action on protecting biodiversity -- many have called it the Paris Accord of Biodiversity.
Since 1970, the number of animals has dropped catastrophically by 69%, due largely to habitat loss, and increasingly due to climate change.
Yet the solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change go hand in hand. Forests and wetlands act as carbon sinks. By protecting them we can significantly reduce climate changing emissions. And protecting and restoring natural and wild spaces provides a buffer against extreme weather. Following the lead of Indigenous peoples in the protection of their lands ensures meaningful, equitable and effective plans will be put in place.
What you can do to help
Sign our letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and COP Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema (français) calling for decisive action at COP15! We want these decision makers to know that parents and families in Canada and across the world are watching and want to see bold action on biodiversity.
Attend the March for Biodiversity and Human Rights in Montreal, on December 10. More details here. If you are not in Montreal, considering setting up an action of solidarity on the same day (feel free to reach out to us for ideas and connections).
Share widely with your friends, family and networks. It is important that people know that COP15 is happening, that biodiversity is in crisis, that the solutions to climate change and nature loss are tied together, and that their voice matters. On social media, use the hashtags #ForNature, #Biodiversity, #LivingGenerations, #COP15
To learn more about Biodiversity and COP15, check out these resources and organizations:
Amnesty International on why 30 by 30 will only work if it's coupled with protections for Indigenous rights and centres Indigenous peoples in stewarding the land
How can Canada stop the biodiversity crisis? Step back and centre Indigenous peoples article by Stephanie Wood, The Narwhal
What's at stake at COP15, article by Ainslie Cruickshank, The Narwhal
Biodiversity summit offers Canada a chance to step up, by David Suzuki
CPAWS is a national organization with provincial chapters that work in support of Indigenous nations to protect local natural spaces. Sign their pledge to show your support and to get connected with your local provincial chapter (and check out how your province is doing).
Climb aboard the Nature Bus!
- Deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, so protecting forests is essential to addressing climate change.
- While the 2010 Aichi Biodiversity Accord committed us to protecting 17% of land areas and 10% of sea areas by 2020, Canada has fallen short, with just 12% of land areas protected by 2022
- The new target is 30% of lands and seas protected by 2030 (30 by 30).
- The protection of biodiversity has been used to greenwash land appropriation and to justify uses such as ranching and forestry. Therefore, it's essential that any agreement at COP15 includes protections for Indigenous peoples and recognition of their leadership in conservation and protection of lands and waters.
- The vision of COP15 is to bring about "a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature is fulfilled".