Protecting Lands is Urgent Step in Climate Action

WASHINGTON – A Special Report on Lands and Climate Change released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscores both the fierce urgency to take action and the opportunities ahead when it comes to land-use decisions.

The following is a statement from Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Chief Program Officer for the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This new report makes clear that our Earth’s natural systems are key, along with getting off fossil fuels, to reducing dangerous climate pollution. We must move quickly to transform the way we produce and consume food and to protect and restore natural ecosystems like forests.  And that means aggressively protecting at least 30 percent of the world’s lands and 30 percent of our oceans by 2030 if we are to avert, and not hasten, the worst impacts of the climate crisis.”

For more information, NRDC will have a blog by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz here, along with expert blogs upon release of the report on the following topics:



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