No time for monkeying around – 350’s the limit World’s zoos unite over climate change
WAZA petition sent to UN Secretary General
time for monkeying around - 350's the limit
zoos unite over climate change
and London (30 November 2009). Zoos and aquariums will become the last
on Earth to see species such as polar bears and coral if climate change
negotiations fail at Copenhagen, warns the global zoo community.
200 zoos belonging to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
signed a petition calling on governments to set targets of atmospheric
below 350ppm in order to prevent the next mass extinction. 788
signatures of the senior managment of zoos and aquariums, globally, have
been handed over to UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.
scientists and conservationists, including Sir David Attenborough,
agreed at a
crisis meeting in July that coral reefs undergo irreversible damage
sea horses to golden-headed lion tamarins, zoos and aquariums play a
role in breeding endangered species for reintroduction into the wild.
the climate change threat to the natural world is so severe that we're
losing suitable habitats for these species," says Paul Pearce-Kelly,
Senior Curator at The Zoological Society of London
and Chair of the WAZA Climate Change Task Force.
"The urgent protection of ecosystems, which act as
natural carbon sinks, is vital if humanity is to avoid the fate of
climate change. Our only hope is that world leaders respond to this
take the appropriate action," says WAZA President, Dr. Mark Penning
He adds: "Climate change is not just another issue for
the zoo and aquarium community to address, it is the chess board which
determine the outcome of all our conservation efforts."
engage with over 600 million visitors a year, giving people their first
experience of some of our planets most remarkable species. If government
are unable to broker a deal, for many people zoos will be their last
chance to experience
the diversity of life on earth.
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