It has been hard not to be deeply affected by the events of the past few weeks: catastrophic floods in Germany, China and India killing hundreds of people; forest fires in Siberia and North America; and drought and famine in Southern Madagascar. We know these extreme weather events have been triggered by the climate crisis, and it acutely demonstrates that we are now living with the consequences of our collective failure to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.
The EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy, published at the end of 2020, plans for a 25-fold increase in offshore wind capacity by 2050, together with a significant deployment of wave, tidal, thermal, and other marine renewable energy.
We are one month on from the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, with another 119 months to drive the transformational changes to address the climate and ecological emergency – an emergency that had been brought into sharp focus by the heatwaves and fires raging in British Columbia and Siberia.
Biodiversity loss and climate change: two inextricably linked existential threats. Since 2015, we’ve had the universal climate goal of ‘1.5 degrees or under’. Now: introducing a Global Goal for Nature, what ‘nature-positive’ means and how it will be measured.