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Guyana is a model of forest protection that could solve the climate crisis

A Copenhagen deal must enable countries like ours to generate an income by conserving forests rather than cutting them down

Source:  Copyright 2009, Guardian
Date:  September 21, 2009
Byline:  Bharrat Jagdeo
Original URL: Status ONLINE


The UN general assembly this week is going to change the world. This is because quiet conversations in meeting rooms and corridors around the UN complex will shape the world's climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December -- and all of our lives, and those of every generation that follows.

And this is all going to happen because of trees. This week, among the talk of recession and growth, defence and terrorism, economic stimuli and trade sanctions, world leaders will discuss one of the key solutions that we need to focus on to tackle climate change -- the world's forests.

Deforestation is responsible for almost 20% of the world's carbon emissions – more than all of the cars, planes, ships, trucks and trains on earth put together. On top of this, forests and other biological systems are the only viable only way of actually removing CO2 from the atmosphere. So stopping deforestation is one of the most obvious and immediate solutions to climate change.

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