Date: December 17, 2015
On Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:00pm EST (6:00pm GMT), Jeff Hayward, Vice President, Climate, discussed the importance of the Rainforest Alliance’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and provided a recap of the UN Paris Climate Talks.
The urgency of addressing the causes of global warming and the costs of adapting to climate change make this one of the most crucial UN Climate Talks to date. As an organization focused on transforming land-use practices and fostering sustainable livelihoods, the Rainforest Alliance advocates for policies and practices that encourage climate-smart behavior within the land sector, which accounts for roughly 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (from agriculture, forestry and other land uses).
By providing communities, businesses and governments with financially viable alternatives to deforestation—and helping them adapt to those climactic changes already occurring—the Rainforest Alliance helps curb and mitigate the serious effects of climate change. In Paris, we showcased specific aspects of our work and communicated with policy makers, decision makers, and business leaders to raise awareness of agriculture and forestry practices that reduce emissions, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihoods of indigenous communities.
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