“On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing, delegates meeting at a United Nations conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea have agreed to increase efforts to conserve biodiversity in developing nations.
“After nearly two weeks of discussions, governments pledged to double average annual biodiversity funding relative to the level spent between 2006-2010. “Small island developing states” and “least developed countries” are the primary targets for funding.”
GR: The UN appears to have the correct sentiment, but the increased funding for conservation is too small. The fundamental fuel for environmental decline, human population growth, remains uncontrolled. Scientists are telling us that the growing human population has exceeded the Earth’s carrying capacity. What motivates our leaders to continue with development and “progress” when they surely know what is happening? Governments should budget an amount equal to the increased funding for conservation to reversing population growth.