The theme for Saturday, November 6 at COP26 is ‘Nature.’ The day will focus on land use, agriculture and forests and explore solutions on how to stop or even reverse current threats to nature and biodiversity.

In a Twitter post on the official COP26 site for Nature day, the accompanying infographic noted that 420 million hectares of forests have been lost since 1990, 66% of the ocean being impacted by human activity and almost a quarter of emissions come from agriculture and land use.

In his powerful speech earlier this week, British naturalist, David Attenborough reminded us of the importance of “restoring” and “protecting” nature.

“Our burning of fossil fuels, our destruction of nature, our approach to industry, construction and learning are releasing carbon into the atmosphere at an unprecedented pace and scale,” he said. “We are already in trouble. The stability we all depend on is breaking.”

He added that those who have contributed “the least” to the climate crisis are being “the hardest hit.”

Yesterday, thousands took to the streets of Glasgow to protest the lack of adequate action on climate change.

Activist Greta Thunberg railed against world leaders for “doing nothing.”

“The leaders are not doing nothing, they are actively creating loopholes and shaping frameworks to benefit themselves and to continue profiting from this destructive system,” she said.

“The Cop has turned into a PR event,” she added.

But perhaps we should take heart from what Attenborough said in his concluding remarks (“If working apart we are a force powerful enough to destabilise our planet, surely working together we are powerful enough to save it.”) and prepare to tackle climate change through collective action.

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