The UN has presented an alarming report on biodiversity. Never in human history has the loss of biodiversity been worse – and the downward spiral continues.
The experts are urgently calling for a change of course in the way we live and do business.
The Fifth Global Report on the State of Biological Diversity leaves no doubt as to the extent of the crisis. Ten years ago almost 200 countries set themselves goals to combat the destruction of habitats and the extinction of species – but the international community has failed and has not achieved any of the goals.
“The extent of biodiversity loss is unprecedented in human history and the pressure is mounting. Life on earth as a whole is at risk, ” says Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Chair of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
“The states are undermining their livelihoods. Humanity is at a crossroads.”
Preserving biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change and enabling long-term food security and health.
“It’s not about luxury, but about existential issues,” says Anne Larigauderie, Chair of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES. The organization warned in a 2019 report that a million species could become extinct within a few decades.
However, a change of direction is possible.
“Extremely important is to measurably reduce the use of pesticides, effectively preserve forests, and prevent pollution with plastic and heavy metals,” says Anne Larigauderie.
The overfishing of the seas and the destruction of habitats must also come to an end.
The experts are calling on Germany and the EU to remove environmentally harmful subsidies, for example for industrial agriculture.
“It is about many hundreds of billions of dollars that directly serve the destruction of nature plus hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels,” says Larigauderie. In contrast, only around 80 billion dollars are available for nature conservation.
The UN also points to the link between environmental degradation and pandemics like Covid-19.
Anne Larigauderie says: “It is scientifically clear that a large proportion of infectious diseases have spread from animals to humans – and in many cases, this is preceded by forest destruction, road construction and the fragmentation of habitats, especially in the tropics.”
The positive developments contained in Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 are far from being enough. The fact that the deforestation rate has decreased by a third and protected area now covers 15 percent instead of 10 percent of the land area is not enough.
A special UN summit on biodiversity will take place in New York on September 30th, which Chancellor Angela Merkel will also attend. There she can prove that Germany is serious (!!) about preserving biodiversity.
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And I mean…“Don’t dare to go to New York”, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had warned the heads of state and government months ago, “if you do not bring substantial offers for higher climate protection measures”.
It is to be feared that Merkel and her government will have to offer climate protection in homeopathic doses that remind us of the days in Paris four years ago.
The German government has so far stuck to the EU-Mercosur treaty for a policy in favor of the car lobby.
After there was criticism of the right-wing extremist President of Brazil Bolsonaro at the G7 summit in Paris because of the fires in the Amazon, we hoped that the EU-Mercosur free trade pact would be on the brink, and may still be prevented because the national parliaments would still have to approve.
We are all aware of the damage that this shameful treaty will cause to people, nature, and animals.
Nevertheless, and until then we must continue to be poisoned by Bayer/Monsanto’s glyphosate, which is what EU law wants.
Business obviously takes precedence over the health of people and nature.
“A total ban on the active ingredient glyphosate in pesticides clearly violates current EU law,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, former EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, when he was still in office.
It was also he, who advocated the renewed approval of the herbicide glyphosate for another 10 years in the EU until December 15, 2022.
We are firmly caught in the claws of a world dictatorship.
My best regards to all, Venus