Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UN Climate Summit - Deforestation and Climate Change

UN Climate Summit - Deforestation and Climate Change                                                                           September 23, 2014                                                                                               
by Laughlin Artz

Today, the UN Climate Summit hosted a special session on deforestation.  A series of panels, focusing on topics such as “The Role of the Private Sector – Market Disruption, Investments, Political Cover for Reforms”” and “Indigenous Peoples and their Territories – Fundamental to Climate Change Solutions” gave over 30 panelists the opportunity to voice their concerns, commitments and perspectives on the current and future state of affairs of our forests.

Over and over, it was stated that the time to act is now.  Deforestation accounts for 11% of CO2 emissions, and every minute we destroy forest acreage the size of fifty soccer fields.

The New York Declaration of Forests was lauded by several panelsits as the most comprehensive and binding commitment to reverse the trend of deforestation.  The Declaration calls for reducing deforestation levels by 50% by 2020 and ending deforestation entirely by 2030.  This plan is consistent with keeping overall climate warming to a 2 degree C increase.  

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