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AUFRUF ZUR UNTERZEICHNUNG! Open Letter to global leaders – a healthy planet for healthy people

Call to Action: Emerging from the Planetary Emergency and partnering between People and Nature.

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Liste der Unterzeichner_innen inkl. Aufruf zur Unterzeichnung über die Club of Rome Website

Der Brief wurde innerhalb eines Tages von etwas unter 1.000 internationalen Wissenschaftler_innen, Entscheidungsträger_innen und anderen Akteur_innen erst-unterzeichnet – über 250 davon aus Österreich. Außerdem wurde dieser in gekürzter Fassung in der Online Version der Financial Times von 27.03.2020 veröffentlicht.

Wir, als Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) unterstützen diesen Brief inhaltlich voll und ganz. Die österreichischen und weltweiten Entscheidungsträger_innen sind just gefordert wirtschaftspolitische Maßnahmen, zur Abschwächung der Auswirkungen der Covid-19-Krise jetzt – und auch darüber hinaus, in Hinblick auf die nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele der UNO zu treffen. Die planetarischen Grenzen dürfen hierbei nicht (weiterhin) ignoriert werden. Gerne bietet das CCCA seine vielfältige Expertise als Unterstützung in der Bewältigung dieser Herausforderung an!

Sie finden den Brief unterhalb in der OV:

It is time to harness our fears, build hope and drive action to respond to the human health, economic, climate and biodiversity crisis with solutions that build resilient societies on the longer term. The world has been plunged into an extraordinary crisis. We share a deep concern for the human cost that the virus has already inflicted and express a profound sense of solidarity with the most vulnerable communities as the pandemic continues to spread around the world. The threat requires fast and strong responses and we fully support the emergency measures needed to save as many lives as possible and address the devastating impacts on peoples’ livelihoods and security. This crisis is also demonstrating how much we depend on each other, as one humanity living on one planet, for our health systems, as well as for our food systems and supply chains.

It is important to acknowledge that the planet is facing a deeper and longer-term crisis, rooted in a number of interconnected global challenges. Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola, bird flu, SARS and now coronavirus (COVID-19) cause large-scale deaths, disease and economic damage, disrupting trade and travel networks. About 70% of these diseases originate in animals (mainly wildlife). Their emergence results from human activities such as deforestation, expansion of agricultural land and increased hunting and trading of wildlife, activities that can also contribute to biodiversity loss. Many pathogens remain to be discovered so the diseases we know about are only the tip of the iceberg . Like Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity loss, and financial collapse do not observe national or even physical borders. These problems can be managed only through collective action that starts long before they become full-blown crises and must be acted upon not as singular threats but as a potential series of shocks.

We call on leaders to have the courage, wisdom and foresight to seize the opportunity to make their economic recovery plans truly transformative by investing in people, nature and low carbon development.

It is equally important that climate and biodiversity stay at the top of the agenda in 2020 and beyond, and that leaders leverage every opportunity to keep up momentum on these fronts. Every effort must be made to ensure that the global efforts under the United Nations (UN General Assembly Nature Summit, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Biological Diversity) are still progressing. We must remember that countries are stronger working together, and international cooperation is the best option to resolve future existential threats.

This is the moment for all of us to rise to the challenge of collaborative leadership and work together to find pathways to emerge from this emergency with a global economic reset. People and nature must be at the center of this deep transformation for redistribution, regeneration and restoration. Prosperity for people and the planet is possible only if we make bold decisions today so that future generations can survive and thrive in a better world.    

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