We are in a planetary emergency. Human activities are destabilizing our climate and destroying the natural systems we depend on faster than they can replenish themselves.
Fortunately, this year, we have a momentous opportunity to secure a sustainable and healthy future for people and planet. World leaders are scheduled to make critical decisions on climate and the environment.
The race is now on to take ambitious, integrated and transformational action on our connected environmental challenges to deliver an equitable, nature-positive and carbon-neutral world for all.
The race is on to ensure a nature positive world, in support of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Leaders’s Pledge for Nature initiative is supported by governments and other partners and non-state actors, including Ecoacsa, who jointly have launched #TheRaceisOn campaign to drive action and ambition across countries, businesses and society and elevate nature and biodiversity loss ahead of the biodiversity and climate COPs 2021, and beyond in a decade of action.
It is necessary a transformative action for an equitable, nature-positive and carbon-neutral world. The symptoms of our unbalanced relationship with the natural world are impossible to miss: pandemics; record global temperatures; one million species at risk of extinction.
We urgently need to change course
Together world leaders can and must take ambitious action and integrated action on our interconnected environmental challenges and deliver an equitable, nature-positive and carbon-neutral world for all.
The Leaders’ Pledge for Nature sends a united signal to step up ambition for nature, with more than 88 world leaders to-date committing to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 for sustainable development. Now the race is on to turn words into urgent action.
To help secure a nature-positive world this decade, governments must urgently implement their 10 Leaders’ Pledge for Nature commitments. But action is needed across society: from businesses, financial institutions, cities, sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, youth, communities and individuals.
#TheRaceIsOn is a global multi-stakeholder communications campaign, supported by Leaders’ Pledge for Nature governments, business groupings and civil society, to drive ambition and action on nature through to the biodiversity COP15 CBD in Kunming (China, October) and COP 26 UNFCC in Glasgow (United Kingdom, December) and beyond, into a ‘Decade of Action’.
Designed as an umbrella campaign, #TheRaceIsOn is intended to create a ‘race to the top,’ encouraging world leaders to endorse the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature and swiftly move to action. At the same time, it supports calls for other stakeholders – such as businesses, cities, and individuals – to take action to secure a nature-positive world this decade.