‘We need leaders to understand the science:’ Bianca Jagger at Forest Day

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DOHA, Qatar (4 December, 2012)_Speaking at Forest Day 6 on the sidelines of COP 18 in Doha, social and human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger urged negotiators at the United Nations climate change conference to extend the Kyoto Protocol – the U.N. agreement requiring developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

“We need leaders who come here to really understand what the science requires to keep us under two degrees Celsius [global temperature rise]. The changes that anything beyond two degrees will bring to the world are very disturbing and very worrisome to all of us,” Jagger said.

“How can we not be reacting, and why are leaders not signing the Kyoto agreement beyond 2012?”

Jagger is an Ambassador for an online campaign ‘Plant a Pledge’, which was launched at the Rio +20 Summit with the aim of mobilising public support for a major land restoration initiative led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It aims to restore 150 million hectares of forest and degraded land around the world by 2020 – the equivalent of 15 percent of the estimated area of degraded forest worldwide.

“This is not simply about reforestation – it has communities and people at the heart of this initiative,” she said.

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  • The Lost Canyon Nature Reserve in her native Nicaragua, is one of the last reserves of dry tropical forests left in Central America. Only 1.7% of dry tropical forests are still left in all of Central America. So this is definitely a habitat that needs to be restored.

  • Teodoro

    Maybe the COP was unsucessfull because, indeed, leaders do understand science and its limitations. Climatic modeling results are being treated as a cristal ball – model limitations are hardly mentioned in discussions and the matter is almost unknown to the general public, making the CC debate slightly chicanery toned. Voluntarism doesn’t seem to be the way forward…