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We must make the most of a super-year in 2020 for saving the global commons next year

There are growing calls to declare climate and nature emergencies. But are these justified? The latest scientific assessments on the state of Earth’s climate and biodiversity provide robust evidence. 

The latest and most damning report on the state of the global commons, published in May, revealed that our rapacious appetite for resources threatens one million of the estimated nine million species on the planet with extinction. 

Local communities need to be engaged when it comes to using their natural resources sustainably

Madagascar, island of a thousand wonders, is well known for its many endemic species of plants and animals. With more than 13 million hectares (more than 50,000 sq miles) of forest, it is home to more than 100 species of lemurs and seven species of baobabs, six of them endemic. 

Public-private partnerships are proving to be an effective way of solving Nigeria's energy supply crisis

My country, Nigeria, will soon become the third most populous country in the world, reaching a forecast 400 million people in 2050. This demographic growth is happening at an incredible speed.

Elderly residents of Lagos will tell you their memories of their home town in the days when the number of inhabitants did not even reach one million. Today, it is a 20-million metropolis that never ever rests. 

Urban areas can change the broken food system that causes ill-health and environmental degradation

Over half of the world’s 7.7 billion people live in towns and cities. By 2050, more than two thirds of them will do so. Materials, waste, emissions, knowledge and influence follow this population explosion.

Cities will increasingly hold sway over the way the global economy functions. They thus have the ability and responsibility to address major global challenges. And perhaps none is more pressing than our broken food system.

Products that are sustainably harvested from the Amazon can form a powerful bioeconomy

Climate change is coming to the global policy agenda, and damage to the world’s tropical rainforests is a key component of it.

Profitability and sustainability can reinforce each other. Business should do well, do right and do good – and it pays.

When starting a business, founders grapple with its purpose – the reason for it to exist. This purpose has multiple dimensions, seldom one. These could include: developing goods and services to meet needs in the community; creating employment for people in the region; generating prosperity for its owners and workers; pioneering, innovating and growing; and hopefully, making a positive contribution to the society in which it operates.

The British daily newspaper The Guardian recently updated the language it uses to write about the environment, introducing terms that more accurately describe the environmental predicament facing the world. Terms like climate change will give way to preferred terms like “climate emergency, crisis, or breakdown” to better reflect what The Telegraph sees as a catastrophe for humanity. Addressing this climate crisis needs to be an all-hands effort.

Combating climate change and the throwaway economy could achieve a leap in prosperity.

In the past few months, I have heard Sir David Attenborough, and believe him when he says the next 10 years are make-or-break time for environmental stability on this planet.

I have heard Greta Thunberg, and share her conviction that we are in the midst of a climate emergency. I have also heard the naysayers – those who dismiss luminaries and young campaigners alike as cult members and catastrophists – and encourage them to think again.

Costa Rica has an ambitious goal to become the first carbon neutral nation in the world by 2021. The Central American country has long been known for its environmental stewardship, but the commitments Costa Rica made for itself under the Paris Agreement have set a new high bar for decarbonization.

For Costa Rica and all countries participating in the Paris Agreement, the ability to meet their greenhouse gas emission targets – known as National Determined Contributions (NDCs)—hinges on their capacity to monitor, track, and report on progress, and make adjustments as needed.  

Supporting sustainable rice production protects the global commons, increases farmers’ incomes and is good for our business.

The delicate ecosystem that allows our planet and its people to thrive is under pressure as never before. The UK Government recently became the first in the world to declare a “climate change emergency”.