With yet another failed Conference of the Parties on climate change behind us, here is what Farah Obaidullah to say about it!
"Today’s leaders, with the exception of a few, are failing the people, failing the planet and failing the future. However, to despair is not an option. We must push our governments and businesses to do better! The EU’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 is a welcome announcement but not enough. Countries must pledge to less than 1.5 degrees celsius. At 2 degrees we lose Pacific Islands and coral reefs. Moreover, social justice and environmental justice must be addressed alongside emissions. The EU must ensure that the ambitions of the rest of the world are lifted quickly as they work to deliver on their own pledge.
Addressing the climate crisis means addressing the crisis unfolding in the ocean. The ocean makes up 70% of our planet, stabilises our climate and provides us with over half the oxygen we breathe. But rising greenhouse gas emissions, overfishing and pollution are killing the ocean’s ability to support life on earth, including ours. We can restore the ocean by ensuring that the United Nations agrees to a strong global treaty for life on the high seas in 2020, establishing a network of marine protected areas that follows the science and covers at least 30% of the ocean, and finally, ending overfishing." – Farah Obaidullah, Founder W4O
You can find the full OneOcean media release here.
Farah is an Ocean Advocate who lives by the sea in the Netherlands. Farah loves running, diving, talking oceans & cats