TheVoiceOfJoyce The COP 15 inks a deal to protect 30% of Earth’s land and sea mass. The US, Vatican sat on the sidelines and Brazil, and some African Nations were opposed because their is no monetary funding to protect their lands. The agreement is open ended allowing each country to define their plan to save their resources and promote biodiversity. This deal, which has not been followed for a decade, comes when scientists are warning humans are starting to cause the 6 th mass extinction. Our insect population is dying, our fish are dying and plants are withering before harvest. Earth is in crisis and leadership is lacking globally to restore our resources, now? When will politicians realize we need smart plans to live and live well? We can plan for a future without toxic fertilizers, encourage heritage farming and new clean energy production.

Amid plummeting insect numbers, acidifying oceans filled with plastic waste, and the rampant overconsumption of the planet’s resources as humanity’s population grows wealthier and soars past 8 billion, the agreement, if implemented, could signal major changes to farming, business supply chains and the role of Indigenous communities in conservation.

The deal was negotiated over two weeks and includes targets to protect 30% of the planet for nature by the end of the decade, reform $500bn (£410bn) of environmentally damaging subsidies, and restore 30% of the planet’s degraded terrestrial, inland water, coastal and marine ecosystems.

Governments also agreed urgent actions to halt human-caused extinctions of species known to be under threat and to promote their recovery.

The deal follows scientific warnings that humans are causing the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, the largest loss of life since the time of the dinosaurs.

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