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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