Target: Members of the International Institute for Sustainable Development
Goal: Commend officials for establishing ways of slowing down global temperature rise to preserve the future of our ecosystems and climate.
When it comes to the global environment, things are spinning out of control at an alarming rate. Ecosystem destruction is massively accelerating and elevated carbon dioxide emissions are creating higher ocean acidity levels. Unless action is taken immediately to tame and harness these exponential changes, we will be out of time. Fortunately, officials gathered in Bonn, Germany for the very first meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) to tackles issues on global climate change. Support the IPBES process towards assessing the status, trends, and possible solutions to curb global environmental change and move towards restoration and sustainability.
Institutional responsiveness is slow to address the looming disastrous effects that climate change is already creating. These effects are seen in the coniferous forests of western North America as well as in the Amazon with the disintegration of tree ecosystems. Recognizing that both our ecosystems and climate are fundamentally important is the first step in preparing to address biodiversity loss. A serious problem still exists in trying to manage temperature changes that are expected to rise exponentially in the coming years.
According to NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the earth is warming at a rate of 0.017 degrees Celsius/year. The initial 2-degree Celsius limit set for ecosystems to survive is actually too high. Coral reefs are the perfect example to prove this. They are highly sensitive to even the slightest change in temperature and ocean acidity. With elevated atmosphere CO2, corals and mollusks cannot adapt and will not be able to produce the calcium carbonate needed in building shells and skeletons.
The goal of the IPBES platform is to establish ways to keep the temperature increase below 1.5 degrees by taking a large portion of CO2 out of the atmosphere. One of the ways to do this is by gradually restoring ecosystems which in turn are able to recapture carbon lost to the atmosphere through past ecosystem depletion and deforestation. At the same time, ways of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere nonbiologically need also to be established.
Commend the efforts of the IPBES in recognizing the utmost importance of tackling global warming to preserve the future existence and prosperity of our ecosystems.
I am concerned for the future of our earth. With the global rate of temperature increase at dangerously high levels, it is important to address the cause rather than just the symptoms. Changes in our environment are happening very rapidly and issues regarding global temperature rise and ecosystem collapse need to be addressed.
By creating the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, you have acknowledged that global climate change is a real problem that is impacting our climate now. Assessing the current status of our climate, its trends, and possible solutions to an exponential rise in global temperature is an excellent first step towards conservation and sustainability. I support your efforts towards finding solutions for the rising of temperatures on a global scale before it is too late.
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