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Nature Is SpeakingNature Is Speaking is Conservation International’s invitation to the human race to listen to nature.Nature is essential to every aspect of human life and well-being — we want to make sure it’s included in the conversation. People are taking more from nature than it has to give, and as a result, we’re putting our own lives on the line.Nature’s message to humanity is simple: Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.Our HumanifestoNature doesn’t need people. People need nature.Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist.Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature. And the future of us.Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve.The question is, will it be with us or without us?If nature could talk, it would probably say it doesn’t much matter either way.We must understand there are aspects of how our planet evolves that are totally out of our control.But there are things that we can manage, control and do responsibly that will allow us and the planet to evolve together.We are Conservation International and we need your help. Our movement is dedicated to managing those we can control. Better.Country by country. Business by business. Human by human.We are not about us vs. them.It doesn’t matter if you’re an American, a Canadian, or a Papua New Guinean.You don’t even have to be particularly fond of the ocean or have a soft spot for elephants.This is simply about all of us coming together to do what needs to be done.Because if we don’t, nature will continue to evolve. Without us.Here’s to the future. With humans.ClimateClimate change is reshaping human civilization. How we respond will determine the future of our species.The climate has always been changing — but the pace at which it is now changing is faster than humans have ever seen.Climate change threatens to make parts of the planet uninhabitable or inhospitable for life as we know it while worsening poverty, swamping coastlines and destroying infrastructure. In short, it is the most pressing global challenge we have ever faced.Conservation International (CI) protects perhaps humanity’s biggest ally in the fight against climate change: nature.30% of the solutionNature can provide up to 30 percent of the mitigation action needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius on average (2.7 F).65% global greenhouse gas emissionsSome 65 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions is from burning fossil fuels, and deforestation accounts for about 11 percent of those caused by humans.1% of tree species in the AmazonIn Amazonian forests, 1 percent of the tree species sequester 50 percent of the carbon.Conservation International addresses climate change on two fronts:Adaptation:Helping communities adapt to the effects of climate change that are already happening and that are expected to accelerate, such as sea-level riseMitigation:Working to prevent further climate change by reducing emissions, enhancing carbon storage, etc.The challengeCurrent greenhouse gas emission trends put the world on course for a 3.7-4.8°C temperature increase by 2100, which would cause catastrophic effects. Even the commitments made under the new Paris Agreement fall short of the cuts required to limit warming to a relatively safer 2°C. Even if all emissions are stopped immediately, effects will continue for centuries due to the cumulative impact of emissions already in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people globally are currently considered especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.The visionConservation International envisions a world where nature’s contribution to addressing climate change is fully maximized. This means that nature not only lives up to its potential to mitigate climate change — tropical forests alone can deliver 30% of mitigation action needed to prevent catastrophic climate change — but also is fully deployed in places where ecosystems can help vulnerable populations adapt to the already-present and future effects of climate change.
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