EU To Focus on Biodiversity And Sustainability in 2022

Applied Tech Review | Wednesday, February 17, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic has cost the EU valuable time in saving nature and the oceans over the past two years

FREMONT, CA: According to the European Union's environment director, 2022 must be the year for an ambitious ocean accord, action to conserve the world's biodiversity, and the start of negotiations to address the worldwide catastrophe of plastic pollution, particularly at sea.

The EU commissioner for environment, oceans, and fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, told a United Nations news conference that the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the EU valuable time in saving nature and the oceans over the past two years, and that the 27-member bloc is determined to steer a global green transition quickly. 2022 has to be the oceans' year and this year has to be Biodiversity Year. It is critical to get plastics under control, and the only way to achieve that is on a worldwide scale. They should figure a window of opportunity this year to make accords that will improve the globe.

Sinkevicius stated that the EU's primary priority is to achieve a Paris moment for biodiversity, similar to the landmark climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015, which established a goal of limiting global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times. Since then, the planet has warmed by 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit). The EU will not succeed in solving the climate issue unless they act on this front because the best technology to solve the climate crisis is not complex machinery. Trees, oceans, and healthy ecosystems are among them.

According to the Lithuanian politician, the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which will take place in Kunming, China from April 25 to May 9, which will be a truly transformative moment for biodiversity, requiring strong political engagement from all at the highest level. According to him, the most significant outcome of the summit should be an agreement to safeguard 30 percent of the planet's land and oceans by 2030, as well as restore degraded ecosystems.

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