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THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY COP15

Extinction is preventable. This year we must choose to stop human-caused extinctions. The future of life on Earth depends on us.

Every decade, parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity come together to create a framework to guide and galvanize global conservation action under this treaty for the next 10 years. The new framework under negotiation, known as “the post-2020 global biodiversity framework,” aims to achieve the vision of living in harmony with nature by 2050. It will be adopted at COP15 later this year.

The new framework under negotiation currently does not include an agreement to stop human-caused extinctions. Instead, the draft language requests that the rate and risk of extinction be reduced but not halted. That’s unacceptable. Even the last framework known as the Aichi Targets called for preventing the extinction of known threatened species by 2020. Now is not the time to step back, but to fight for the future. We need global action to combat extinction and that starts with world leaders choosing the survival of wild plants and animals over short-sighted, profit-driven activities threatening the fabric of life.

The ongoing extinction crisis is unacceptable. UN scientists predict we are on track to lose one million species forever, many in the coming decades. These species provide our planetary life-support including food pollination, water purification, carbon sequestration, and disease regulation. Human activities are driving species loss, meaning extinction is a choice. This year we must choose to stop it.

Join the movement calling for a global agreement to stop extinction at CoP15.

Future generations are depending on us to act boldly, and the time to respond to the biodiversity crisis is rapidly dwindling. Join the call to make 2022 the year in which the world chooses to stop extinction and commits the resources to do so. Life on Earth depends on it.

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GET INVOLVED

Let’s Make 2022 the Year We Stop Extinction.

Before June 10th Sign the Letter

  • The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in June to continue negotiations on the new biodiversity framework. Sign the letter urging them to include an agreement to halt extinction and recover species in the framework.

    Note this letter is for organizations only but we’ll soon have an option for citizen action.  

At CoP15:

  • Ask countries to support a goal of halting human-caused species extinctions beginning in 2022; improve the conservation status of threatened species and sustain all other native species by 2030; and ensure full recovery of all species by 2050 in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

At home:

  • Take this call for action domestically and regionally to push for on-the-ground action to save species from extinction. This can include: ensuring robust National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans; creation of emergency biodiversity action funds; declaring extinction emergencies; and all the work you do to address the drivers of extinction including habitat loss, species exploitation, pollution, etc.
  • Amplify your work to halt extinctions using these social media hashtags: #StopExtinction; #ExtinctionCrisis; #ExtinctionEmergency; #COP15

SIGNATORIES

These organizations are unified in calling for an agreement to prevent human-caused species extinctions at CoP15. Will you join them?

Center for Biological Diversity
Natural Resources Defense Council
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
Thinking Animals United
Friends of Ruth and Emily
Fondation Franz Weber
Animal Defenders International

WHAT ELSE?

To build global momentum to #StopExtinction, we need as many organizational signatories from around the world as possible. Please add your organization’s voice to this effort.

1. Share the call to stop extinction at COP15 on social media using this toolkit for NGOs.

2. Please spread the word! Reach out to NGOs with this email template and encourage them to join the call to stop extinction at CoP15.

Raising awareness about the extinction crisis is a critical part of the fight.

1. We encourage everyone to use these hashtags when talking about any efforts to protect biodiversity:
#StopExtinction / #AltoALaExtinción / #ArrêtezL’Extinction

Additional hashtags to use:
#ExtinctionCrisis; #ExtinctionEmergency; #COP15; #Biodiversity