Did you know? Forests cover around a third of the world's land and they are home to almost 75% of mammal, bird and amphibian species, around 60% of all plants, and give jobs to over 1.6 billion people. In each of the past five years, 10 million hectares of forest have been destroyed. Forests are also essential to combating climate change, it's estimated that deforestation causes around 10% of all global CO2 emissions, which is more than the whole European Union. South America in particular, where the Amazon encompasses the single largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world, accounts for over half of the world’s percentage of deforestation. The UN General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests. On this occasion and to raise awareness around these key sustainability issues, we will host a conversation with Carlos Nobre, climate scientist and leading expert on the Amazon rainforest, to discuss the impact of climate change and deforestation on our planet, and what can be done to mitigate the damage.
Speakers: Carlos Nobre, Brazilian climate scientist. Moderated by Rina Kupferschmid-Rojas, Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS and Society.