Both in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, where young activists from around the world held a protest, and inside the official area of COP26, the power of young people marked Friday (5). But beyond the youth, the preservation of the oceans – and the blue economy – were highlights.
During the meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, leaders called for governments to secure a future for the oceans by setting a new global target to protect 30% of marine waters by 2030. United to conserve and protect marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
These were the main appeals that the Blue Leaders – as the defenders of the oceans are called – made to the other heads of state. The Blue Leaders initiative is a collaboration between the government of Belgium, NRDC and Mission Blue. Blue Leader countries include in addition to Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Monaco, Nigeria, Palau, Panama, Seychelles and Spain.
They stressed that the oceans also suffer from climate change and predatory human activities.
“The ocean, a remarkable life sustaining force on Earth, today faces threats from all sides, especially from harmful climate impacts and unsustainable human activities,” said Manish Bapna, President and CEO of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council ), a co-sponsor of the Blue Leaders event at COP26.
“Billions of people around the world depend on the ocean for food, jobs and cultural and economic survival, including some of the most vulnerable communities on Earth,” added Bapna.
The oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the planet and are home to most of the Earth’s biodiversity. They also regulate the Earth’s climate, produce oxygen and provide food and livelihoods to billions of people.
But changes in the chemistry and temperature of the seas due to climate change are having a profound impact on their ability to continue providing environmental services.
Reference: CNN Brasil