The Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2018 is in session this weekend, 1–2 December, at the World Conference Center in its namesake German city. In light of the numerous recent and alarming reports – the IPCC Special Report on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the UN Environment report on the still-growing emissions gap, the U.S. National Climate Report on predicted impacts coming to light sooner than expected – a palpable current of anxiety in the face of an uncertain climate future underpinned the Forum’s first day.
It appears hard to dodge a collective admission that restoration and sustainability efforts are not working as well – or at least not as quickly – as they should, but this is resulting in a new openness in mindsets to anything that might help expedite positive change. “There is no time to do the same thing, but harder,” said Tony Rinaudo, recent Right Livelihood Award laureate and World Vision natural resources advisor. “We need disruptive approaches and technologies. Life on this planet is at stake. For too many, life itself is at stake.”
Here’s a run-down of the first day’s key moments:
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