KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 – The Making Peace with Nature – a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – with its offer of a comprehensive blueprint to tackle global environmental crises, offers hope that the world can transform its relationship with nature and tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises together to secure a sustainable future and prevent future pandemics.
In a recent press release, the UNEP said the report has laid out the gravity of these three environmental crises based on various global reports and recent research, and has underlined the need to employ both the advances made in science and the will of governments worldwide to jointly tackle the crises.
“The authors assess the links between multiple environmental and development challenges, and explain how advances in science and bold policymaking can open a pathway towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and a carbon neutral world by 2050 while bending the curve on biodiversity loss and curbing pollution and waste. Taking that path means innovation and investment only in activities that protect both people and nature. Success will include restored ecosystems and healthier lives as well as a stable climate,” the statement said.
“By bringing together the latest scientific evidence showing the impacts and threats of the climate emergency, the biodiversity crisis and the pollution that kills millions of people every year, [this report] makes clear that our war on nature has left the planet broken,” the statement quoted UN Secretary-General António Guterres saying in the report’s Foreword.
“By recognizing nature as an indispensable ally, we can unleash human ingenuity in the service of sustainability and secure our own health and well-being alongside that of the planet,” Guterres said.
The report, which also lays out the roles that everyone – from governments and businesses to communities and individuals – can and must play, can be accessed at the UNEP website.