Juliet has joined with her international peers in releasing the COP15 International science advisors statement. The statement outlines the vital importance of action and commitment to protect biodiversity, and the grim reality if action isn’t taken. The statement calls on governments around the globe to commit to addressing this pressing issue at COP15.
A portion of the statement follows: “The biodiversity and climate crises are largely of human making. And they are inextricably linked: biodiversity loss exacerbates the effects of climate change, which in turn accelerates biodiversity loss. Consequently, mitigating and adapting to climate change and protecting and restoring biodiversity are often mutually supporting goals. Three decades after the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity and 14 Conferences of the Parties, the global response to the biodiversity crisis remains “woefully insufficient.” Avoiding catastrophic biodiversity loss depends on immediate, coordinated and effective biodiversity protection, conservation and restoration action.”