At the UN Climate Summit in New York City this September, more than 150 multinational companies, governments, communities and other groups made the most ambitious multi-sector announcement to fight tropical deforestation in history—a milestone moment and a potential game-changer.
As the Guardian pointed
out, the goal of the New York Declaration on Forests—to cut
deforestation in half by 2020 and completely eliminate it by 2030—could
have a positive impact on our climate comparable to taking all the
world’s cars off the road.
deforestation and agricultural practices—accounts for more than a
quarter of global carbon emissions. Reducing emissions from land use, as
well as restoring forests and other ecosystems that store carbon, are
essential solutions to the climate-change problem. And, as indicated in
the latest and most urgent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC), ensuring our continued health and economic
prosperity depends on our ability to solve climate change. In fact, a
failure to do so could put global economic progress in reverse.