Why the U.N.’s Biodiversity Conference Is So Important – The New York Times

“As 20,000 government leaders, journalists, activists and celebrities from around the world prepare to descend on Glasgow for a crucial climate summit starting late this month, another high-level international environmental meeting got started this week. The problem it seeks to tackle: A rapid collapse of species and systems that collectively sustain life on earth.

The stakes at the two meetings are equally high, many leading scientists say, but the biodiversity crisis has received far less attention.

“If the global community continues to see it as a side event, and they continue thinking that climate change is now the thing to really listen to, by the time they wake up on biodiversity it might be too late,” said Francis Ogwal, one of the leaders of the working group charged with shaping an agreement among nations.”

David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT comment:
Hallelujah. I didn’t even know about this important group, since the NYT didn’t ever put it on their front page before. It certainly hasn’t made a big enough noise. “The Most Important Global Meeting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Is Now.” Countries are gathering in an effort to stop a biodiversity collapse that scientists say could equal climate change as an existential crisis. I am disappointed that the NYT, which I study daily, didn’t give this front page space until today. Better late than never I guess.

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