IPCC climate report must spur urgent nature-based solutions
Forest & Bird calls on government to advance nature-based solutions to climate change ahead of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, due today .
“If we help the natural world, our forests, waterways and oceans will help us keep a planet livable,” said Kevin Hague, CEO of Forest & Bird.
“Nature-based climate solutions are practical, achievable and will help us solve climate and biodiversity crises together. “
Forest & Bird says there are five key actions the government should take to tackle climate change in its emissions reduction plan, which is expected before the end of the year:
- Remove fossil fuels from our energy system and stop new coal mines
- Integrate agriculture into the emissions trading system
- Expand the control and eradication of grazing pests such as deer, goats, pigs, wallabies and opossums
- Protect, restore and restore native forests and wetlands to store more carbon
- Restore carbon stocks in the sea by protecting mangroves, kelp beds and the seabed
“Steps the government could take now include shutting down new coal mines, protecting our forests by controlling grazing pests; restore wet peatlands; and protect blue carbon by ending practices such as bottom trawling.
The IPCC report on the physical science of climate change and its impacts is the first major report in eight years. It is expected to bring clarity and urgency to soaring temperatures, rising seas and extreme weather conditions.
“The harsh reality is that if we don’t reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we are heading towards mass extinctions and an unlivable world. This report should lead to a renewed urgency to act, ”said Mr. Hague.
Forest & Bird calls on the government to end new or expanded coal mines, to avoid locking us into high emissions for decades to come, and has backed a Department of the Environment report that shows production methods food must change.
“Any call for delays or exceptions from industry laggards puts the entire planet at risk. There is no more time for excuses – we need to cut emissions now, ”Hague said.
“If the first step is to reduce emissions, we must also increase nature’s ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It’s not just about planting more trees, we need to protect and restore our existing carbon sinks – wetlands, blue carbon, shrub areas, mangroves and existing forests.
A report released by Forest & Bird this year shows that better grazing pest control could sequester a huge amount of additional carbon in our forests, while other information shows that restoring peat wetlands could be a weapon. secret to solving climate change.
“Nature can help us stabilize the climate, but only if we protect it,” Hague adds.
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