Saving the world’s forests is number one priority for Global Climate Change Summit, COP21
December 01 2015
The importance of settling on a significant climate change deal fails to diminish, and stopping deforestation is at the centre of this year´s prospective COP21 agreement.
The Global Climate Change Summit, being held this year in Paris, commenced this week. The UN’s plan to protect the world’s forests became the first formally agreed part of the overall climate change deal expected to be agreed later this month. This key effort is due to the fact that trees are the least expensive “carbon capture” technology; they are natural carbon pumps, utilising the processes of photosynthesis and respiration, and hence play a critical role in ensuring the stability of global climate.
The importance of settling on a significant climate change deal fails to diminish. Saving rainforests to tackle climate change has a much broader impact than first assumed; it affects water quality, food and energy security, health and education, so in turn, increasing global temperatures substantially restrict international development aims.
Deforestation releases 10-20% of the world’s total CO2 emissions, which is approximately the same as the emissions produced by the entire global transportation industry. Simultaneously, deforestation weakens the Earth’s natural ability to remove these emissions.
Finding a solution to the modern issues surrounding climate change will contribute to eliminating poverty, reinforcing the importance of pursuing unique strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, and protecting and preserving our forests is a notable place to start.