“I am hopeful that on upcoming Earth Days we will celebrate our collective efforts at building a carbon neutral and nature positive future." -- Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO
The following statement was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society on the eve of Earth Day 2021 and the Biden-Harris Leaders Summit on Climate, April 22 and 23.
Said Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO:
“Our planet faces three urgent global crises – climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and zoonotic pandemics. This Earth Day, world leaders must scale up ambition and commit to transformative solutions to address these inter-related assaults on nature. We can’t continue to seek siloed policy solutions for these global crises as they are inextricably linked. They share a root cause: humanity’s degradation of nature.
“We congratulate the Biden-Harris Administration for convening the Leaders Summit on Climate over the next two days, and we are encouraged by steps taken to address climate change by governments, private companies and civil society. The leadership of the United States will be crucial to increase ambition and cooperation leading to the United Nations conferences on biodiversity and climate later this year. We call on all countries:
“As world leaders convene virtually this week for the US summit, we look forward to bold commitments from all the nations to address these existential crises threatening all life on Earth.
“I am hopeful that on upcoming Earth Days we will celebrate our collective efforts at building a carbon neutral and nature positive future."