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A radical shift to working with nature

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🗞️ Driving the news: In his UN speech, Inger Andersen stresses the urgency to transition from exploiting nature to coexisting with it, highlighting that while nature has driven economic and social progress, humans have often misused and depleted its resources

🔭 The context: Nature is the foundation of our existence and economies, but in the last two decades there has been a 40% decline in natural capital, jeopardizing sustainable development goals and economic stability

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The depletion of nature and biodiversity not only threatens our existence but shakes the very core of our economies
• With a looming collapse, no amount of innovation can save us if we don't rectify our relationship with nature

⏭️ What's next: The speech proposes 3 main actions to reverse the damage: we must financially support the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, integrate nature's depletion costs into our economic models, and holistically address the intertwined crises of biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution

💬 One quote: "Nature is not an endless fuel to stoke the engines of economic growth... We are part of nature. It is time to start behaving like it" (Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director & UN Under-Secretary-General)

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