Climate change and biodiversity loss are intricately linked. Today, around a million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction – more, and at a faster rate, than ever before in human history. Nature and its functioning ecosystems are rapidly being depleted, affecting the very fabric of life on which we all depend.
Healthy ecosystems are essential for human well-being, providing clean water, oxygen production and the growth of food and medicinal plants. At the same time, they remove great amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And this is where they connect with climate change. Ecosystems store carbon, so when they are damaged, the risk is that they release this carbon back to the environment, accelerating climate change.
Now is the time for action to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods. ISO is committed to making sure countries around the world share a common language when it comes to combatting climate change and tracking its progress. Acting as a platform for discussion, it brings together national standards bodies from 167 countries to share knowledge and agree on voluntary standards for best practice.
This joint work is essential in the global fight against climate change as success around the world depends on countries working together towards shared goals that are specific, measurable and fair. When it comes to the urgent matter of climate change, ISO’s standards cover everything, from monitoring and measuring emissions to best practice for environmental management, and sustainable finance.
Healthy ecosystems are essential for human well-being.