UN Passes New Treaty – Marks Advancement in Environment Conservation
October 31, 2010
Last Saturday in Nagoya, Japan the United Nations finally passed a global treaty that will ensure the protection of world forests, coral reefs, and a multitude of other ecosystems threatened by human involvement. Delegates from 193 countries agreed to take “effective and urgent” action to halt the destruction of Earth’s precious ecosystems. The hope is within the next decade there will be significant improvements to endangered environments and a growing number of land and water preservation reserves.
After two weeks of heated debate, prompted by non-profit environmental organizations, the UN’s decision to strike an accord may be an indicator that nation leaders are at last acknowledging the fast depletion of Earth’s ecosystems. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace have been pushing for dramatic changes to the way humans interact with the ocean.
Greenpeace commented on the UN’s treaty, “Alarm bells have been ringing for decades, and developed nations have been hitting the snooze button by delaying both action on and funding for environmental protection.” Greenpeace hopes to eventually preserve
40 percent of the oceans. For now the treaty has committed to protecting 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans. This decision is a significant advancement considering only 13 percent of land and one percent of oceans are currently under UN protection.
In his opening statements to the UN, Achin Steiner stated “This meeting is a part of the world’s efforts to address a very simple fact – we are destroying life on Earth.” Although passing this new accord is by far the greatest proactive initiative towards conserving the environment the world has yet to witness, it is only a baby step in a long climb towards healing our planet.