Speaking at a conference before the Biodiversity Summit, COP15, he cited some examples of this catastrophe, from deforestation and desertification to the poisoning of the environment by chemicals and pesticides.
As such, land is being eroded and making it more difficult to feed the world’s growing population, the UN chief affirmed, while it also means damage to coral reefs and other life-sustaining marine ecosystems. The oceans were to be harmed with accelerated destruction, directly affecting the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods.
Guterres accused multinational corporations of filling their bank accounts while draining the world of its natural gifts, turning ecosystems into toys for profit.
“There is no such thing as Planet B, except in the deluded dreams of billionaires,” said the Secretary-General, calling for a challenge to the continued concentration of wealth and power of a few that goes against nature and genuine interests.
Referring to the human cost associated with the loss of nature and biodiversity, Guterres described humanity as “a weapon of mass extinction that treats nature like a toilet and is on the verge of suicide.”
At COP15, which will run until the 19th of this month in the Canadian capital, experts and diplomats will set new objectives and targets aimed at halting the dangerous decline in biological diversity as a result of human activity.
The meeting has been declared as one of the most important as a new Global Biodiversity Framework is expected to be adopted, which will guide the steps taken by 2030 to conserve and protect nature around the world and the essential services it provides to humanity. Will do
Delegates and organizers hope the summit will have a more lasting impact than the 2010 edition, when governments agreed to achieve very ambitious goals by 2020, such as reducing natural habitat loss and sustainable consumption and Implementing production plans.
However, a UN report released in 2020 showed that not a single target has been fully met. Meanwhile, the planet is facing its greatest loss of life since the dinosaurs: over a million species of plants and animals are now at risk of extinction.