Why do we need to protect nature?
Destruction of nature for pasture, development and mining is among the biggest drivers of climate change. The IPCC estimates that the carbon saved by stopping the destruction of nature is more than the carbon saved by building enough wind energy to decarbonise our electricity supply.
The IPCC also points out that functioning ecosystems helps build climate resilience and helps regulate the climate, as well as providing ecosystem services. We cannot solve the climate crisis if we continue our current trajectory of nature destruction.