World leaders who are currently present at the COP26 climate summit will today issue a multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030.
The 2030 date is too far away for some climate campaigners, who want leaders to take radical action.
The pledge will be backed by almost $20 billion in public and private funding and is endorsed by over 100 leaders, representing over 85% of the world’s forests.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the deforestation deal is pivotal in achieving the goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5 degrees celsius.
“Forests support communities, livelihoods and food supply, and absorb the carbon we pump into the atmosphere. They are essential to our very survival,” Johnson said.
“With today’s unprecedented pledges, we will have a chance to end humanity’s long history as nature’s conqueror, and instead become its custodian.”
Countries who signed the pledge include; Brazil, Russia, the United States, China, Australia and France.
IMAGE – Gage Skidmore/”PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020″ by DFID – UK