Earthwatch takes its position for the United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen
Oxford. December 7, 2009. Earthwatch’s Head of Climate Change Research, Dr Dan Bebber is in Copenhagen today for week one of the COP15 United Nations Global Climate Change Conference. Earthwatch Executive Vice President, Nigel Winser will attend the second week of the summit. Earthwatch is calling for a global commitment to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
At the summit, Earthwatch will profile its flagship programmes on climate change - the HSBC Climate Partnership, through which it is conducting a global research programme into the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems, and Climate Watch, an initiative to engage people in observing seasonal environmental changes to feed into a global database.
Nigel Winser says “Earthwatch is adding its voice to the global call for governments to commit to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity faces today, yet it is also an opportunity for leaders to demonstrate commitment and forward-thinking in finding a solution that will require action not only by government, but by business, communities and individuals as well.”
Dan Bebber explains Earthwatch’s position on the climate change negotiations, “Earthwatch is recommending that world leaders commit to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to prevent dangerous climate change. Over time, per capita emissions should converge for all countries to ensure equitability of energy supply and opportunity for economic development.
“Secondly, biodiversity and ecosystems must be protected. While climate change will damage natural ecosystems and reduce biodiversity in the long term, continuing habitat loss through unsustainable management and lack of protection poses a more immediate threat.
“Finally, Tropical deforestation must be reduced. Investment in forest protection, strong governance, and scientific training must increase, to give developing countries the capacity to monitor and maintain forest cover. Financial mechanisms must ensure that forest communities benefit from reduced deforestation.”
Earthwatch supports climate change research that not only assesses impacts, but actively seeks to research how management interventions will counter the impacts of climate change on landscapes and species.
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