David Attenborough leads call for world to invest $500 billion a year to protect nature

Wildlife campaigner David Attenborough is calling on the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction of nature, saying the future of the planet was in “grave jeopardy”.

David Attenborough, whose new film A Life on Our Planet documents the dangers posed by climate change and the extinction of species, said: “Our natural world is under greater pressure now than at any time in human history, and the future of the entire planet – on which every single one of us depends – is in grave jeopardy. We still have an opportunity to reverse catastrophic biodiversity loss, but time is running out.”

The world spends an estimated $80-$90 billion on conservation each year, but studies show that hundreds of billions of dollars may be needed to save ecosystems from collapse.

Britain, Canada and others joined the European Union earlier this week in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030.

David Attenborough’s appeal came as the United Nations convened a one-day summit aimed at galvanising action to protect wildlife.

The push to redirect financing away from fossil fuels and other polluting industries and into locally led conservation was launched by environmental group Fauna & Flora International and backed by more than 130 organisations.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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