Best of SoS: Charles McNeill

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

CharlesMcNeillPreferredOn May 15th on Spring of Sustainability, we heard from Dr. Charles McNeill, senior advisor for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), who considers climate change and biodiversity loss to be the key issues of our time.

Climate Change is now getting a lot of attention, whereas biodiversity loss does not. The fact that we are in the sixth age of mass extinction is not known by many people, and thus this huge issue tends to be overlooked.

These twin issues need to be dealt with from many angles. One huge contributor to both is the loss of forests around the world, which contribute close to 15% of greenhouse gas emissions and to a dramatic loss of habitat for species.

Charles co-founded the UN REDD program (Reducing Deforestation and Degradation), which creates financial incentive to help protect forests, and is proving to be instrumental in slowing the losses.

What can we do to make a big impact personally? “See how you can support initiatives of NGOs and programs like Spring of Sustainability. Mobilization and activism is everything. Look for more organic and sustainable goods. Make the life style shifts that will be in line with a healthy planet and equitable society – walk the talk in every aspect of your lives.”

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