Greenpeace joineda group of climate leaders including Bill McKibben, Mohamed Nasheed, Greta Thunberg, David Suzuki and Yeb Sano to launch a new platform and call on governments to tackle our climate and ecological crisis by restoring forests and other vital ecosystems!
This builds on the strong platform for forest protection and restoration already built into the Pacte in Quebec and the Green New Deal. As the world's third most forested country, this will of course be essential to any meaningful climate deal for Canada.
Our aim is to prevent climate breakdown by restoring our life support systems
When living systems – like forests, peat bogs, salt marshes and the seabed – are allowed to recover, they draw down carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the chances of climate catastrophe.
Their restoration will also minimize extinction and ecological collapse, and create a richer world of wonders for us to enjoy.
We are calling on governments, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other bodies to give Natural Climate Solutions the attention they deserve.
Recent research indicates that about a third of the greenhouse gas reductions needed by 2030 can be provided by the restoration of natural habitats, but such solutions have attracted just 2.5% of the funding for tackling emissions.