WASHINGTON (November 7, 2022) — Because the world gathers in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt for the most recent Convention of the Events of the UNFCCC (COP27), the Nationwide Audubon Society — the main hen conservation group of the Americas — urges world leaders to take motion in opposition to the local weather disaster. Annually, the necessity for collaborative international motion not solely turns into extra obvious, however extra dire.
“At this yr’s COP, world leaders should work collectively to implement a simply vitality transition to guard each wildlife and folks,” mentioned Elizabeth Grey, CEO of the Nationwide Audubon Society. “We have to hearken to what birds inform us. We’ve misplaced three billion birds within the final 50 years. Birds are sentinels for wholesome local weather – if birds are in hassle, persons are too.”
In 2019, analysis from Audubon revealed that in North America alone, two-thirds of hen species are susceptible to extinction. That very same examine additionally confirmed that if we will stabilize carbon emissions and restrict warming to 1.5°C, over 75% of these birds can be much less susceptible and 150 hen species will be saved from extinction. But a new report from the United Nations signifies we’re on monitor for a 2.5°C enhance by the tip of the century, which might put birds, wildlife, and folks at nice threat.
Defending the pure world for birds additionally safeguards the world for future generations. As Audubon scientists present in a 2021 examine, essential hen habitats typically overlap with key ecosystems for pure carbon storage. Forests, wetlands, and peatlands are central to each local weather mitigation and adaptation. If these precedence landscapes are strategically restored and maintained, they won’t solely function protected havens for myriad hen species, however can double their capacities as pure carbon sinks. That can be why any renewable vitality infrastructure should be sited in ways in which mitigate and decrease damaging impacts for birds and different wildlife.
Based in 1905, the Nationwide Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation group — with a wingspan of over 500 nationwide chapters and 1.6 million members — that protects birds and their ecosystems utilizing science, advocacy, training, and on-the-ground conservation. From shutting down the plumage commerce to banning the pesticides that prompted the “Silent Spring,” to mobilizing to cross the Endangered Species Act, the Clear Air Act, and the Clear Water Act, Audubon has been on the forefront in defending the locations birds and folks want for over a century.
Audubon’s work all through the Americas aligns carefully with the overarching slogan of COP27, “Collectively In direction of Implementation.” This fall, Audubon launched the Hen Migration Explorer, a first-of-its-kind digital platform that reveals the most recent migration information for greater than 450 species throughout the Western Hemisphere.
This yr’s COP has launched one other significant message: #JustAndAmbitious. In each its nationwide and worldwide work, Audubon acknowledges that the local weather disaster is already affecting probably the most marginalized amongst us, and any international effort and transition to renewable vitality should search to handle systematic injustices.
“We should use this COP and the yr forward to implement collective motion that reduces local weather impacts and safeguards the outstanding range of all life on earth,” mentioned Grey.
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The Nationwide Audubon Society protects birds and the locations they want, as we speak and tomorrow. Audubon works all through the Americas utilizing science, advocacy, training, and on-the-ground conservation. State applications, nature facilities, chapters, and companions give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches tens of millions of individuals annually to tell, encourage, and unite various communities in conservation motion. A nonprofit conservation group since 1905, Audubon believes in a world wherein individuals and wildlife thrive. Study extra at www.audubon.org and on Fb, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.
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