A triple planetary crisis is unfolding before our eyes. Climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss have a common cause: humans’ destructive attitude towards nature. The decline of biodiversity – a major threat to human subsistence and wellbeing – has long been overlooked. It is time for governments at all levels to prioritise this systemic crisis. […]
Nature and us: why biodiversity matters
Today, the world celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity. Humans need healthy and vibrant ecosystems for their own survival. They need food, water and clean air. But because of our destructive, utilitarian and exploitative attitude towards nature, we represent the biggest threat to biodiversity conservation. It is not just about preventing the extinction of some exotic species – it is about our own very survival, and that of many species we take for granted. However, we are creating the conditions of our own destruction: human actions are causing the current sixth mass extinction. The deforestation, destruction of natural habitats and pollution we are causing jeopardise the entire ecosystem Earth.
This is no longer a question of what planet we will leave to our children, but on what planet we will live very soon. To revert this trend and halt global biodiversity loss, we must first and foremost change our relationship with nature and recognise that our own survival and well-being depend on the survival and well-being of the ecosystems around us. On a political level, governments worldwide must translate their international commitments into concrete actions, and urgently.
With this dossier, the Progressive Post wants to highlight the absolute importance of the preservation of biodiversity, and the fact that it is an individual as well as a shared responsibility.
The goals and targets agreed upon in a new ambitious international framework to restore global biodiversity will only be met if countries radically transform their agriculture and food production systems. The EU needs to be a leader in bringing food production and consumption back within planetary boundaries. The numbers are staggering: since 1900, an estimated […]
The focus of environmental policies is mostly on tackling the cascade effects of climate change affecting our planet as a whole. Nature conservation, however, can also very effectively contribute to climate change adaptation. But to tackle the climate issues together with nature, a shift in the current mindset is urgent and measures to tackle the […]
For a new global deal
Attending a conference of the UN climate change negotiations is always an experience of cognitive dissonance. Sharm El Sheik, an Egyptian version of Las Vegas, purpose-built for cars and mass tourism, provides a stark illustration of the inherent contradiction plaguing the climate talks: changing everything while changing nothing. Our increasingly unstable economic, political and social […]
Fit for 55: technically, but also socially
The EU Fit for 55 package is a comprehensive attempt to make the transition to a zero-carbon society in measurable incremental steps. It is a welcome development in terms of policy. And if fully implemented, it can be transformative.
Circularity for all products, from design to end-of-life
The newly released proposals from the European Commission on the circular economy broaden the scope of product governance and design. They provide an opportunity to move towards a holistic assessment that takes the entire product life cycle into account. The sustainable product initiative in particular provides an opportunity to increase the scope of an integrated […]