Nature Now, a short film narrated by climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer George Monbiot, is a call to action for people to protect and restore nature, and to fund natural climate solutions.
Protecting and restoring tropical forests can provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed to stop the climate breakdown. Despite being one of the most cost-effective – and just plain effective – approaches to the climate breakdown, natural climate solutions receive only 2% of the funding spent on climate change mitigation.
In the short film, Greta Thunberg, leader of the Global Youth Climate Strike movement, says: “Right now, we are ignoring natural climate solutions. We spend 1,000 times more on global fossil fuel subsidies than on natural-based solutions. This is your money, it is your taxes and your savings.”
Earlier this year, The Guardian columnist George Monbiot joined a group of prominent artists and activists urging governments to support and restore forests, peatlands, mangroves and other crucial ecosystems that absorb vast amounts of carbon emissions from human activities. As part of this effort, he founded the Natural Climate Solutions campaign.
Natural Climate Solutions is 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.
Nature Now was released ahead of the Global Youth Climate Strike at the United Nations.
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