America remains only holdout nation on the eve of Nagoya's momentous COP10 biodiversity conference that will dramatically affect the lives of billions and the environmental future of the world.
The Japan Civil Network for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) representing over ninety environmental groups and hundreds of thousands of members has sent a formal letter of appeal to President Obama and all members of the US Senate urging the United States to join all the world's other nations and finally ratify the critical CBD treaty*.
Their appeal highlights the following facts:
1) human and corporate activity is killing off so many species so quickly scientists are now calling our era the planet's Sixth Great Extinction Event;
2) the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) grew out of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to address this crisis and was greatly inspired and supported by the US at the time;
3) as the only global treaty targeting this unprecedented emergency, the CBD is the last hope for thousands of species and ecosystems worldwide;
4) 193 countries have ratified the CBD treaty and the US is the only nation that has not;
5) President Clinton signed the CBD in 1993 and it was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1994 with broad bipartisan support, but the Senate never voted on it and it has languished ever since;
6) it is not just America's reputation for environmental leadership that is at stake, the lives of millions of the poor and vast ecosystems like the rainforests and oceans are also now at risk.
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