Greenpeace Projects Messages at Nagoya Castle Urging UN Summit to Save Life on Earth

Press release - October 19, 2010
Nagoya, Japan, 19 October 2010- As the second day of negotiations concluded at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) summit in Nagoya, Japan, Greenpeace projected messages urging delegates to save life on earth at the Nagoya Castle in the UN conference’s host city in Japan.

“Agreements made in Nagoya are needed to help ensure that our planet can sustain future generations of life on earth. Our world needs concrete solutions, not meaningless commitments,” concluded Rey.  “In addition to creating life-saving protected areas on land and at sea, governments must also invest in our world’s future and fund conservation efforts: the cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of action.” 

Messages urging conservation and the creation of marine reserves  - in English and Japanese - were projected onto an artificial cloud reminding delegates and the public that political failings and human activities have left our oceans in crisis- due to depleted fish stocks and habitat destruction. Animations of marine life and facts about the state of our oceans were shown for nearly four hours at the 16th century Nagoya castle as government delegates and members of the public watched.

In advance of the meeting, Greenpeace released a comprehensive plan to restore the world’s oceans to health. The “Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan” provides a political roadmap toward a global network of marine reserves covering 40% of the world’s oceans, consistent with the scientific recommendations of how to restore fish populations and the health of our seas.

At COP10, Greenpeace is demanding:

·         A strong Strategic Plan that by 2020 ends overfishing, eliminates subsidies for activities that destroy biodiversity, leads to zero deforestation and increases biodiversity funding at least ten-fold;

·         A legally binding Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Protocol with strong compliance measures and;

·         The creation of protected areas, including a network of marine reserves covering at least 20% of the oceans by 2020- a crucial step towards the necessary 40% needed to restore our oceans to health.

For more information about Greenpeace’s efforts at the CBD and the Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan, visit www.greenpeace.org/international/cbd