“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and to pray in, where nature may heel and cheer and give strength to the body an soul alike”
Biodiversity conflicts are not conflicts between people and wildlife but conflicts between people with different interests and stakes.
Do words matter?
Should we use a different frame for describing these issues?
Speaking about “biodiversity conflicts”
Almost all Europeans say protecting the environment is important to them
Three years on from the most recent similar Eurobarometer survey, it is clear that, despite the economic crisis, Europeans’ concern about the environment has not diminished. In an overwhelming consensus, 95 % of the 28.000 interviewed citizens said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done.
Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment.”
The Eurobarometer survey can be found HERE
Information on the Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment can be found HERE
The new EU commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, has been given the task of:
“Continuing to overhaul the existing environmental legislative framework to make it fit for purpose. In the first part of the mandate, I would ask you to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the Birds and Habitats directives and assess the potential for merging them into a more modern piece of legislation.
Download the full text describing the role and key task of our new EU commissioner for the Environment HERE.
Ongoing, climate driven regime shifts:
– Tundra and Arctic sea ice ecosystem
– Coral reefs
We will most likely have lost our coral reefs in 50 – 60 years…
We have more knowledge [about climate change impact] than we can derive from simple statistics. How can we bring this knowledge to work?