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Climate – Biodiversity

"Within the lifespan of someone born today, our species is currently predicted to take our planet through a series of one-way doors that bring irreversible change and commit us to losing the security and stability of the Holocene, our Garden of Eden. In such a future, we will bring about nothing less than the collapse of the living world, the very thing that our civilization relies upon."

"None of us want this to happen.  None of us can afford to allow this to happen. But, with so many things going wrong, what do we do?"

"The work of scientists who study the Earth's systems gives us the answer.  In fact, it's quite straightforward.  It's been staring us in the face all along.  Earth may be a sealed dish, but we don't live in it alone!  We share it with the living world - the most remarkable life-support system imaginable, constructed over billions of years to refresh and renew food supplies, to absorb and reuse waste, to dampen damage and bring balance at a planetary scale. It is no accident that the planet's stability has wavered just as its biodiversity has declined - the two things are bound together. To restore stability to our planet, therefore, we must restore its biodiversity, the very thing we have removed. It is the only way out of this crisis that we ourselves have created. We must re-wild the world!"

Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Our Planet - My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future