Europe and Central Asia

Our house is on fire: our position on the EU biodiversity strategy to 2030

As Greta Thunberg says, our house is on fire! Are we going to remain at the dining table, urging our children to simply eat a little faster in the hopes dinner will be done before we burn?

Nature and our climate, two sides of the same coin, are in crisis. The science is unequivocal: we have a very small window in which to act if we are to save humanity and society from collapse. We must take comprehensive and integrated measures across all sectors of our society to stand a fighting chance of survival. Over one million species, more than ever in history, are threatened with extinction. Seventy-five percent of all land and almost half of all marine and water ecosystems have now been seriously and negatively altered by humans. Scientists tell us we have just 11 years for a 50% chance to limit global warming to the hoped for maximum of 1.5C, which is rapidly becoming impossible.

The EU has the power to act: its laws are powerful protectors of nature. The lack of courage to enforce them over the past two decades, however, has led to the catastrophic loss of biodiversity we now see. We do not need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to inflate the tires properly. But the toolbox is not complete. In particular, we are cruelly missing any hard-hitting policies to drive active large-scale ecosystem restoration and reduce the massive global footprint of our wasteful consumption.

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia has prepared the following integrated cross-sectoral roadmap – positions and measures designed to save our seas, our land, our water, our nature and its species, its biodiversity. Europe must assume a moral, political and economic global leadership position now. If these ideas were translated into the European Union’s strategy, and then acted upon, this would be a credible start to extinguishing the inferno that threatens to consume our home and all of us within it.