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"The Forgotten Solution" coalition writes from climate summit to United Nations: Don't forget forests, food and land

 

SAN FRANSISCO - September 14, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Keeping global temperatures under a 2-degree rise will require enormous carbon savings from forests, food, and lands - nearly as much as from renewable energy - say leading environmental groups represented at the Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco.

The coalition behind a campaign called "The Forgotten Solution" has released an open letter to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in New York, where Climate Week will be held Sept. 24-30 before international climate talks resume this December in Poland. Their letter calls on world leaders to do everything necessary "to secure, by 2030, achievement of 30% of the Paris Agreement goals from natural climate solutions in the forests, food and land sector."

"Fortunately, research also shows that stronger action in the land sector could deliver up to, and possibly over, 30% of emission reductions needed by 2030 to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement," the letter to Secretary-General Guterres goes on, "while lifting a billion people out of poverty, creating 80 million jobs and adding an additional $2.3 trillion in productive growth to the global economy. "

Signers include: American Forests, Avoided Deforestation Partners, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Forest Trends, George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication, Nature4Climate, Rainforest Alliance, SystemIQ, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, United Nations Foundation, World Resources Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund. They are calling for 30% of carbon savings by 2030 from forests, food, and land (see www.climatelandchallenge.org) and for these natural climate solutions to no longer be "the forgotten solution" (see www.theforgottensolution.org).

Their letter is open for more signers until 3 pm this afternoon, when it will be delivered by stilt-walkers dressed as giant trees to the driver of an electric car, to be driven coast-to-coast from the summit in San Francisco to the United Nations in New York.

See full text of letter to the United Nations here. Photos of the giant walking trees featured at summit events this week may be downloaded at this link. A dramatic new film released this week, titled "The Forgotten Solution," may be previewed here.


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