Ellie Goulding made the call at the Cop27 climate summit to protect coral reefs, warning that they face destruction in a warming world.
singer, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said at a meeting on Tuesday that the survival of the world’s coral reefs depends on the outcome of the summit. .
Talking about her experience exploring the Red Sea reef off Sharm El-Sheikh, she said it was like a “magical connection”.
“This reef experience has given me a direct, unmediated encounter with nature. Those things are hard to come by and extremely valuable and I am very, very grateful,” she said.
“The existence of these half-a-billion-year-old coral reefs is in your hands.
“At 1.5 degrees of warming, 70-90% of all coral reefs will disappear. At 2 degrees we lose 99%, so what is decided here makes all the difference.
“There is no separation between us and natural systems. If they fail, we fail. We need this warning urgently because we continue to get it wrong, very wrong.”
She criticized the recognition of more than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists for Cop27.
“Why are we letting this happen? It takes us in one direction,” she said.
She calls for more funding for coral protection.
“Together, we have the opportunity to move from the generation that pushed ecosystems to the brink of destruction to the generation that took action to save them.
“However, global investment in coral reefs is minuscule – less than 0.01% of global climate finance between 2010 and 2015. It’s not just offensive, it’s not exciting, It’s not impressive. .”
Inger Anderson, head of UNEP, said the conservation of coral reefs also ensures the protection of hundreds of thousands of species, food supplies, millions of jobs in fishing and tourism, as well as safety. our own.
“When we protect the oceans, we are protecting ourselves,” she said.
“When we protect the oceans, we protect livelihoods and species as well as dunes, estuaries and mangroves, all of which protect us from storms and rising seas.”
Round the world swimmer Lewis Pugh, who swam across the Red Sea to highlight the need to protect the oceans at this Cop, also called for urgent action.
“The glaciers are moving faster than the world leaders,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/ellie-goulding-dives-into-cop27-climate-summit-to-fight-for-survival-of-coral-reefs-42149146.html Ellie Goulding plunges into Cop27 climate summit to fight for coral reefs survival