This planet is our one and only home. We have no other choice — we must care for it.
Climate change is reshaping human civilization. How we respond will determine the future of our species. Scientists estimate that by 2050, we need to reduce worldwide emissions to at least half of their 1990 levels in order to avoid further harmful impacts from climate change. It’s an urgent challenge, and it requires an equally urgent response. To this end, CI has been pioneering ways to help communities adapt to challenges like rising sea levels, severe storms and more frequent flooding. We also develop new ways of farming that support a healthy environment, minimize climate impacts and create a better quality of life for farmers.
Conservation International believes that nature is our best defense against climate change. From protecting the forests that store carbon to restoring mangroves that shelter coastal communities against more intense storms, nature provides immediate and effective ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
At negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris in December 2015, CI worked to ensure formal recognition for the vital role that nature plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon and enhancing resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Negotiators agreed, particularly noting the role of tropical forests in curbing emissions — forests were referenced 11 times in the final draft.
Find out more about CI’s role at the 2015 UNFCCC Conference of Parties.