World Ecologists urge the Parties meeting this December at the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris to take decisive steps against climatic change.
At the 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore in August, the Presidents of 10 International Ecological Societies and of two major Federations of Societies, representing over 20 000 scientists from over 100 countries and over 40 national ecological societies, met to address key issues related to the field of Ecological Science.
Discussion was dominated by their shared concern at the severe and ongoing erosion of global natural assets including genetic diversity, species, habitats and ecosystem processes that people rely on for survival. This erosion will be further accelerated and enhanced with current climatic change.
Given that an important cause of these changes is the impact of people on the climate, the Presidents urge the Parties meeting in Paris in December during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, to take the decisive steps urgently needed to prevent a 2°C rise in average global temperatures as recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Associate Professor Nigel Andrew, President of the Ecological Society of Australia and a signatory to the statement warns “the extreme climatic fluctuations associated with higher average temperatures are already having unpredictable impacts on our unique Australian ecosystems, as well as the behaviour, physiology and ecology of species living within them - in many cases threatening their long-term survival. These changes will only continue to strengthen if the amount of greenhouse gas emissions is not reduced substantially and quickly.”
Ecologists have been warning of the negative impacts of higher levels of greenhouse gases by humans for over 40 years now. Nigel emphasises the need for timely action “We are now at a point where we need to immediately reduce the amount of CO2 pollution entering the atmosphere. We need to find better alternatives for powering our future and reduce CO2 emissions”
This is very likely the last decade when it will be possible to achieve this together and to establish a global legacy of a healthy planet for generations to come.
International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) http://www.intecol.net/
European Ecological Federation (EEF) http://www.europeanecology.org/
British Ecological Society (BES) http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/
Ecological Society of America (ESA) http://www.esa.org/esa/
Ecological Society of Argentina (AsAE) http://www.asaeargentina.com.ar/
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/
Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ) http://www.esj.ne.jp/esj/
Ecological Society of Mongolia
French Ecological Society (SFE) http://www.sfecologie.org/
Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (ISEES) www.isees.org.il
Italian Society of Ecology (SItE)
Mexican Scientific Society of Ecology (MSSE)
New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) http://newzealandecology.org/
This initiative is also getting the full support of the Society for Conservation Biology https://conbio.org/, a society representing over 4 000 scientists.
Contact: Associate Professor Nigel Andrew
Affiliations: President, Ecological Society of Australia
Address: C/- PO Box 2187, Windsor, QLD 4030, Australia
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