In Ñspel: The Guardian view on biodiversity collapse: the crisis humanity can no longer ignore

The Sumatran tiger is among the species close to extinction. Photograph: Binsar Bakkara/AP
Ɖ S’mātṛn tîgr z amñ ɖ spīśīz clos t xtñśn. Foṭgraf: Binsar Bakkara/AP

Ɖ Gardịn vy on bîodîvrṣti c’laps: ɖ crîsis hymaṇti cn no longr ignor

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 4 Dec. 2022)

A miłn animl n plant spīśīz r periḷsli clos t xtñśn. Ɖer fet n ǎrz r intiṃtli cnctd

Súnde 4 Dsmbr 2022

In an ese intîtld Ɖ Sns v Wundr, ɖ Americn conṣveśnist Rećl Carsn sjstd tū qsćnz t mc s ʈnc mor dīpli abt ǎr naćṛl invîrnmnt. “Ẃt f I hd nvr sìn ɖs bfr? Ẃt f I ń I wd nvr si it agn?”

Publiśt in 1955, Carson’z cōl t mîndflnis wz influenśl in ɖ brjnñ postwar invîrnmntl muvmnt. Bt dspt campenrz’ bst eḟts, ɖ sns v jeṗdi lrcñ wɖn hr secnd qsćn z nǎ akt. Wîld animl popyleśnz r dclînñ ańli bî abt 2.5% az a rzult v haḅtatlos, invesiv spīśīz, p’lūśn, clîṃtćenj, oṿfiśñ n oṿhuntñ. Sins 1970, oṿol numbrz r dǎn bî 69%. Lîvstoc n ɖ hymn biyñz hu farm ɖm nǎ acǎnt fr 96% v ol ɖ mamlz on Rʈ. Ɖ S’mātṛn tîgr, ɖ Borneyn orañūtan n ɖ helbndr saḷmandr r amñ ɖ miłn animl n plant spīśīz jujd periḷsli clos t xtñśn.

In Caṇda ɖs wīc, conṣveśnists wl atmt t pswed ɖ wrld’z guvnmnts t sumn p ɖ wil t adres ɖs crîsis. Lîc ɖ clîṃt imrjnsi, it z ɖ d’rect consiqns v hymn activti, bt hz nʈñ lîc ɖ sem hî profîl. Ɖ Montriōl Cop15 sumit – ẃć bginz on Wnzde – z part v ɖ wîdr Cop proses lōnćt in 1992, ẃn ɖ Ynîtd Neśnz istabliśt ʈri sepṛt cnvnśnz on clîṃtćenj, bîodîvrṣti n dzrtiḟceśn. Bt sins ɖen, dspt 196 neśnz sînñ p fr ax́n, ɖ record on bîodîvrṣti hz bn wn v l’mntbl fełr. V 20 targits set at ɖ last mejr sumit in Jpan in 2010 – renjñ fṛm tac̣lñ p’lūśn t pṛtctñ coṛlrīfs – nn wr fŭli met. In ɖ rīsnt wrdz v Andru Teri, ɖ d’rectr v consveśn at ɖ Zụlojicl Ssayti v Lundn, “abṣlutli no progres hz bn md” in slowñ ɖ ret v spīśīz’triśn.

Ɖr z no cmñ bac fṛm xtñśn, so Montriōl z an oṗtyṇti ɖt ɖ planit canot aford t mis. Bt a paṛdîmśift z rqîrd t mc progres. Fr tù loñ, guvnmnts hv trītd bîodîvrṣti az a secnḍri n sepṛt iśu, foc̣sñ ɖer eṇji on globl hītñ. In riaḷti, az iṃjz v polr berz on śrincñ îs iḷstret, ɖ tū crîsīz oṿlap. Ɖ īcosistmz ɖt ssten naćṛl vrayti olso hlp reğlet ɖ clîṃt. Ɖ forists, coṛlrīfs n mangrovz v ɖ wrld, ẃć pṛvîd a hom t a daẓlñ are v spīśīz, capćr carbn ɖt wd uɖ̇wz cntribyt t rîzñ tmpṛćrz. R’peśs ic̣nomic activti n invîrnmntl indifṛns z ɖus dstroyñ naćṛl eqilibrịmz ɖt pṛtct s tù. T xit ɖs dūmlūp, a globl consveśn-n-resṭreśn project z rjntli rqîrd.

Ɖs, in ʈiyri, wl b ɖ em v a post-2020 Globl Bîodîvrṣtifremwrc t b dscust in Montriōl. Draft targits includ ɖ pṛtx́n v 30% v ɖ wrld’z land n sī fṛm unsstenbl xplôteśn, n a cracdǎn on psṭsîdz, plasticwest n invesiv spīśīz. Bizṇsz me b asct t pṛdys bîodîvrṣti impact’sesmnts n planz fr mitgeśn. Rićr cuntriz wl b pśt t fînans bîodîvrṣticonsveśn in ɖ globl sǎʈ.

A brecʈru z despṛtli nīdd. In Paris in 2015, a līġli bîndñ trīti cmitd ɖ wrld’z neśnz t ax́n t tacl ɖ clîṃtcrîsis. Smʈñ similr z rqîrd in Montriōl. Bt a rodmap wl nt b wrʈ mć f guvnmnts d nt axpt ɖt invstñ t pṛtct ɖ wrld’z bîodîvrṣti z nt an opśnl xtra. Dis’pôntñli, no hedz v stet r xpctd t atnd ɖs wīc’s sumit – in starc contrast t ɖ Cop27 clîṃțōcs in Ījipt last munʈ. Ɖt z nt gd inuf. Ǎr hymn fet z ultiṃtli baund p wɖ nećr n ɖ cǎntlis spīśīz hrtlñ twdz xtñśn. Recgnîzñ ɖt hz bcm an xistnśl nseṣti.

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