Peru: Great Example Stop Deforestation?
The old Inca country of Peru could play a big role in humanity’s fight against climate changes, says Spanish environmental expert Xavier Labandeira. However, in order to do this, the Peruvian government should make itself hard against the loss of woodland in the country. Currently, roughly 170.000 hectares of forest are being cut every year.
Labandeira states that many countries focus on limiting the emission of CO2, but that capturing these greenhouse gasses is at least equally important. Trees are a great way to capture these gasses and thus having more of them would brake climate change. If Peru stops cutting forests, they would set an example for other countries and thus they would play a key role on global level.
The Spanish environmental expert spoke these words during a conference about climate change in Lima on Monday the 5th of November. Labandeira is a prominent in his sector, as he is a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
However, it is worth to note that Peru is not one of the main polluters in the world. Unfortunately the old Inca country still got a negative rating from the NGO Climate Action Tracker. In order to get a positive rating, it is essential to save the Amazon rainforest.
This needs to be done in order to meet the goals set during the Paris Agreement: to limit the rise of the global temperature to 1 and a half degrees Celsius. This is essential to preserve natural habitats and the survival of humanity in general.
Peru isn’t the only country that should try to preserve its forests. Brazil, Russia and Bolivia should also take their share in saving this unique ecosystem.