A recent article from Associated Press (AP) reported that the UN is gearing up for a push to save the planet’s biodiversity.
Here are a couple of highlights:
In order to accomplish the UN’s goal the plan, at least in part, is to protect 30% of our planet’s land and sea by 2030 and 50% by 2050. Of course, this doesn’t mean removing people from a continent or two—that would be impossible. Habitats can be rescued by piecemeal protection on a global scale. As it stands now, about 15% of Earth’s terrestrial habitats are already protected.
A great example of how landowners can permanently protect vital habitat in our own state is through the Land Trust for Louisiana whose parent organization is the Land Trust Alliance.
Land trusts offer permanent protection through conservation easements where landowners don’t give up their property ownership or use, and they get to leave behind a living legacy. I see Land Trusts as being vital for the protection of private land, helping us reach the first landmark, 30%, and onward to 50% by 2050. After all, about 60% of land in the U.S. is in private ownership.
If land and their vital animal and plant communities are not legally protected they will, sooner or later, be destroyed. That is sadly a law of human nature. Nature is sexy, but greed trumps nature every time.
[Partial source: UN gathering gears up for push to save planet’s biodiversity By JAMEY KEATEN]
 Ref: Liveright, New York-London 2016
Johnny Armstrong, Author
Rescuing Biodiversity (publishing in June 2023) tells the story of Johnny's attempts at Wafer Creek Ranch to preserve a vanishing Louisiana ecosystem and restore the animal and plant species that once lived there.
“An avowed student of life and restoration ecology, Johnny Armstrong expertly teaches us how to restore an imperiled southern ecosystem based on deep research, firsthand experience, and delighted observation of the species that return to his beloved Wafer Creek Ranch. Driving his devotion is the alarming truth that loss of biodiversity poses a threat on par with climate change and his impassioned belief that society can alter that trajectory, one acre at a time.”
Cindy Brown, Executive Director
Land Trust for Louisiana
“Up there on your bookshelf between Tolkien and Watership Down is where this book belongs. As an anthropomorphic adventure that winds through the realm of animals possessing courage, savagery, perseverance, and ultimately wisdom in the face of mounting evil threats – humans disconnected from the natural world – the tale is relevant, if not necessary.”
Kelby Ouchley, Author
Bayou Diversity: Nature & People in the Louisiana Bayou Country
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