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Breedon respond to call to reverse nature loss

Donna Hunt

Group joins more than 560 companies around the world in support of Business for Nature

BREEDON have joined more than 560 companies worldwide to urge governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss in this decade through the following statement:

‘Healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving businesses rely on nature. Governments must adopt policies now to reverse nature loss in this decade. Together let's protect, restore and sustainably use our natural resources’.

The move comes in the same week that the UN General Assembly has adopted its 75th declaration that recognizes the urgent need for member states to act to protect the planet and build back better.

Business for Nature’s call to action is the first time that so many businesses have stepped forward with the ambition of influencing discussions in the run-up to delivering a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

It follows recent and widespread calls from conservation, development and humanitarian organizations, faith groups, cities, indigenous peoples and youth groups for more ambitious action on nature to protect human and planetary health.

More than 560 businesses from 54 countries, employing 9.5 million people and across all sectors are calling on governments to act by putting nature front and centre of policymaking.

Without doing so, Business for Nature stresses that we simply will not be able to meet the 1.5°C climate target set out in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 or prevent a catastrophic loss of biodiversity.

Breedon’s group head of sustainability, Donna Hunt (pictured), commented: ‘Nature and climate change are intricately linked and we can’t solve the one issue without considering the other.

‘Our industry has made a commitment to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 and nature is one of our greatest allies in tackling climate change.

‘We rely on nature-based solutions to help stabilize our climate, actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and lock it away in soils, wetlands, trees and vegetation.

‘So while we’re obviously focused on driving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, we must also look after nature and create healthy habitats, restore forests, enhance soil, improve biodiversity and water ecosystems to help alleviate the impact on our planet.

‘That’s why we are proud to have joined with some of the world’s leading companies to support Business for Nature.’

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