We need urgently UN Green Helmets to save our planet!

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Article issued by Ignace Schops

Article issued by Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President

The way in which we have organised our (Western) society has to change! Completely and different. Sustainable and in harmony with our mother earth. Ecologically and socially.

With the publication “Limits to Growth”, the book of the Club of Rome in 1972, a first warning was given not to destroy our planet any further for the sake of quick profit. The loss of ecosystems and the extinction of plant and animal species are being described dizzyingly faster than ever before. In the latest Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report, the researchers warn of the loss of one million species in the coming decades. In addition, there are dangerous consequences of climate change.

You should know that the climate bullet has already left the gun!

For the simple reason that there is a delay of 30 to 40 years between the emission of greenhouse gases and the weather effects, we see today. The weather phenomena we are experiencing now, the heat waves, floods and hurricanes, are the result of the emissions of the eighties and nineties of the last century.

Knowing that emissions have doubled since then, we must be aware that there is still something to come. The task is therefore simple: to mitigate the impact of the climate bullet as much as possible and to prevent another, more deadly, climate bullet from following.

Fortunately, there are people, organisations and groups who stand up and shout loudly, organise protest marches and start climate issues. Fortunately, there are young people like Greta Thunberg who called millions of youth to action. And all this out of love for our planet…

There is a need for a new Moonshot: Calling for UN Green Helmets

The creation and installation of “UN Green Helmets” is such a Moonshot. UN Green Helmets can quickly and effectively give a huge boost to saving our planet.

Where the UN Blue Helmets keep the peace, the UN Green Helmets can protect and activate the stability of our ecosystems and combat dangerous climate change.

UN Green Helmets can massively plant trees, still the fastest and most inexpensive solution to climate change and ecosystem degradation. They can prepare areas to harvest water in times of drought; they can restore ecosystems and protect elephants and rhinos from poachers, …

In September this year, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, is convening world leaders for an additional climate summit in New York. It is up to our representatives to push the establishment of the UN Green Helmets politically in order to prevent us from continuing to destroy what keeps us alive.