Under the motto ‘It’s about time’, BirdLife International’s World Congress, held this week, from 12 to 16 September, in London, called on the international community to urgently and jointly address double crisis biodiversity loss and climate change. According to this organizationwe need to take steps, break down barriers and mobilize and engage both society, business and the institutional sector“. In this sense, the intervention of the president of the Spanish Green Growth Group (GECV), Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, was developed, who emphasized the need to convey to society that Protection of nature and climate action must go hand in hand.
The celebration of this centenary was a historic moment for the organization, bringing together conservationists and environmental celebrities to further strengthen ties and collaborate together to overcome a situation that nature on the edge of the abyss. In this context, BirdLife announced the new strategy will continue ambitiously over the next 10 years to address its various challenges and to this end is organizing a series of panel discussions and presentations where thought leaders in the field have explored issues ranging from biodiversity and climate change to conservation finance and connectivity between our health and that of the planet.
Gonzalo addressed two panels that took place on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15. In the first, under the heading “Climate change – the response of birds and priorities for the next strategy’, BirdLife’s priorities, action lines and challenges were reviewed to advance climate change mitigation commitments. As an outstanding area of action, the importance of accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy model based on renewable energy sources and compatible with nature was recognized. Also included is the promotion of nature-based solutions or risk analysis of biofuels.
The second entry was integrated into the conferenceLondon Conference – The Future of Our Planet“, at the “Nature and Business” table. Under this umbrella, new trends in sustainability were developed and the economic value of natural capital was discussed. According to the World Economic Forum, half of the world’s GDP (about $44 trillion) depends on nature. The main topic was to seek solutions and proposals for better integration and assessment of natural capital in business and financial activity.
Time presses and presses
Sáenz de Miera, who participated as part of the BirdLife Advisory Group in these two sessions, conveyed the group’s vision of the role of companies in this struggle to mitigate human impact on the environment. The GECV President defended in both interventions the importance of accepting that the climate challenge must be addressed urgently: “We do not have another 20 years to act, but 10 or maybe 5. It is urgent to start seeing tangible results in this regard, and for this a firm commitment is needed both from the associative fabric and from institutions and companies; and in turn make society as a whole realize that there is no sustainable economy without a sustainable planet“.
Gonzalo stressed that in order to reverse the loss of biodiversity, it is a priority to address the fight against climate change, which goes through the urgent need to accelerate the energy transition. Abandon fossil fuels and bet on green energies, which also have much lower production costs and have technological development in 95% of the world, which must be implemented with guarantees, being technologically possible and economically viable for this development to take place in harmony with nature. This synergy and commitment of all actors in society is also essential, which, as the GECV president pointed out, must act with ambition, urgency and fostering alliances.
Finally, he highlighted the importance of conservation organizations such as BirdLife International, whose new strategy he praised, which places climate action as a priority axis of action to tackle biodiversity loss. By collaborating with the private sector, these organizations could ensure the deployment of renewable energy sources compatible with ecosystem protection and convey a clear and strong message of awareness to the public.
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