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Climate justice and conservation are undeniably interconnected

 Biodiversity conservation is fundamental to the health and resilience of our planet’s ecosystems. [iStockphoto]

Climate justice and biodiversity conservation are intertwined issues that demand urgent attention and concerted action.

As the world grapples with the escalating threats of climate change and the rapid loss of biodiversity, the call for justice and sustainability has never been more crucial.

Climate justice underscores the ethical and moral imperatives of addressing climate change, emphasising the disproportionate impacts of global warming on vulnerable communities, including indigenous peoples, marginalised groups, and developing nations.

These communities often contribute the least to global carbon emissions but bear the brunt of climate-related disasters, loss of livelihoods, and health risks.

Addressing climate justice requires acknowledging these disparities, ensuring that mitigation and adaptation strategies are equitable and inclusive, and respecting human rights.

On the other hand, biodiversity conservation is fundamental to the health and resilience of our planet’s ecosystems. Biodiversity loss threatens the stability of ecosystems, disrupts essential ecological processes, and diminishes the planet’s ability to adapt to environmental changes.

It also jeopardises the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on healthy ecosystems for food, water, and other resources. Conservation efforts must prioritise protecting and restoring biodiversity, safeguarding critical habitats, and promoting sustainable land-use practices.

The interconnection between climate justice and biodiversity conservation is undeniable.

Both issues are rooted in unsustainable human activities, including deforestation, overexploitation of natural resources, and pollution, which exacerbate climate change and drive biodiversity loss.

Tackling these interconnected challenges requires a holistic approach integrating social justice, environmental stewardship, and sustainable development.

Governments, businesses, civil society, and individuals all have a role to play in advancing climate justice and biodiversity conservation.

Policymakers must enact robust climate policies, strengthen environmental regulations, and support community-led initiatives that empower marginalised groups and protect biodiversity.

Businesses must adopt sustainable practices, invest in renewable energy, and promote green technologies. Civil society organisations and individuals can advocate for climate justice, support conservation efforts, and adopt eco-friendly lifestyles.

- The author is a lawyer and a Programme Officer at the International Commission of Jurists Kenyan Section (ICJ Kenya)

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