Posted on 1 January 2019

Fighting inequality by protecting biodiversity and climate

Climate change hits vulnerable populations even harder, such as through coastal erosion, cyclones, floods and health issues. It heaps inequality on inequality and insecurity on insecurity. This is why climate change will be a major priority of France’s G7 year.

The relevant Ministers and civil society representatives met in Metz on 5 and 6 May 2019.

Four priorities:

Combating inequality through an inclusive ecological transition

Supporting scientific warnings and international action on biodiversity and the climate

Promoting tangible solutions for the climate and biodiversity

Financing the preservation of biodiversity.

The G7 Environment meeting was organized around these four priorities:

Inequality and an inclusive ecological transition

In accordance with the cross-cutting priority of the French G7 Presidency, and drawing on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the aim is to promote tangible solutions for biodiversity and climate issues. Gender equality was a priority.

Scientific warnings and international action on biodiversity and the climate

“700 scientists launch an appeal”

Through their research, scientists are the first to discover the state of the planet. They warn us, but often their appeals for action are drowned out in our news feeds. The G7 aims to put their expertise back at the centre of debate by enhancing the importance attached to the issue of biodiversity erosion on the international stage through to 2020.

Tangible solutions for the climate and biodiversity

Biodiversity encompasses all life on earth. Pollution and overexploitation threaten biodiversity. The Environment G7 aims to bring about concrete commitments to combat biodiversity loss and promote natural solutions.

Finance for the preservation of biodiversity

The Environment G7 worked to lay the ground to find finance to support biodiversity, including through two studies carried out by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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