Conservation International Statement on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report

January 15, 2019

Arlington, Va. (January 15, 2019) – Today Sebastian Troëng, Executive Vice President at Conservation International, issued the following statement on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report:

“The business world is finally waking up to the impacts of climate change and nature loss, and it’s encouraging to see sustainability take center stage at this year’s World Economic Forum. If we’re to successfully tackle the most severe environmental risks facing economies and communities around the globe, the time is now to come together and double down on economically smart climate strategies based on nature. Currently, only three percent of climate investment supports nature conservation solutions but if we collectively make an effort to increase this, it is possible to hold global warming to a level that will avoid catastrophic climate change for the benefit of people everywhere.

“Recent environmental disasters fueled by climate change, like the fires in the Amazon and Australia and the floods in Indonesia and Venice, serve as unfortunate reminders that we cannot afford to wait when it comes to our commitment to slow global warming. Delays in implementing science-based solutions are the new climate change denial. We have the science and there are countries, businesses and communities making real positive change. The next step is for others to learn from and replicate these successes.”

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Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  "Nature Is Speaking" campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “Drop in the Ocean”"My Africa,"  “Under the Canopy" and "Valen's Reef." Follow Conservation International's work on Conservation News, our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.