What is left of the Amazon rainforest. Image: Alexander Gerst, CC BY-SA 2.0 Healthy and productive ecosystems sustain life on Earth, but face accelerating threats from human behavior, including habitat destruction, pollution, species loss, and unsustainable resource extraction. The result is humanity is rapidly depleting the planet’s natural capital, sowing the seeds of its own demise, say scientists. A new initiative however aims to counter that trend by fundamentally transforming food, city, energy, and production and consumption systems. The Global Commons Alliance will do this through a four-pronged approach that leverages the best science to provide actionable guidance to businesses, governments, and the general public. “We have pushed our Earth systems to a tipping point,” said Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii in remarks at the opening of the Ecosperity 2019 conference in Singapore on Thursday. “If we don’t change the path we’re on we will destroy the stable conditions that are the very foundations for our economies and societies.” “First, start using science to measure our impact on the global commons, and set targets to reduce the impact,” she said. “Second, we must foster collective action. Only by working together to achieve the same goal […]

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