Thursday, March 30, 2006

Protect your assets

Good statement by IUCN's Achim Steiner (soon from UNEP), linking biodiversity conservation and wealth, during this week's ministerial segment of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Brazil.

Conventional economists emphasise the growth of Gross Domestic Products and monetary wealth.

But the price we pay is the sacrifice of natural wealth, biodiversity - the assets that make life on Earth possible.

Unless we learn to consume less - or differently – these assets will disappear.

By 2050 we will need two more planets to sustain our present lifestyle.

The good news coming from the CBD meeting in Brazil is the initiative of several island nations to create large marine protected areas. And the fact that the proposed high seas bottom trawling moratorium does feature high in the discussions. An issue that isn't gonna go away.

While the CBD meeting was taking place, Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation have "arrested" a pirate fishing boat in co-operation with the coast-guards from Guinea-Conakri.

Two different ways to say the same thing...

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