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09 November 2022

10 Ways Access to Nature Can Bolster Biodiversity, Communities, and Climate Report

Publishers: Hispanic Access Foundation
Author: Hispanic Access Foundation
Topics: Antiquities Act, Climate Change
Geographic Focus: Texas

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This paper shows access to nature is a powerful lens through which to enact biodiversity, climate, and equity gains, through a variety of potential investments in nature conservation and restoration—including in the most urbanized and degraded locations.
All over the world, leaders must redouble efforts in the built and natural environment to better suit the needs of the biosphere and the people who rely on it. Access to nature is the lens through which we can make these investments in an equitable manner. When nature access for all is attained, the result is better-off communities, better-off ecosystems and a more stable climate, with more buy-in necessary to maintain the improvements.

It is important to note that nature access is by no means a substitute for the deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions needed to keep the earth from drastic warming. However, it is necessary as a complementary measure along with emissions cuts, as well as a tool for adaptation and resilience. Even small-scale improvements, such as adding street trees or native plants in backyards, will have significant benefits to local communities and ecosystems, in addition to the carbon sequestration they facilitate. As policymakers at all levels of government present their plans for ambitious climate action at COP 27 and beyond, nature access must be an integral component.

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Last modified on 09 November 2022

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