LONDON, 22 September 2021 Trillion Trees commends today’s launch of the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’, a commitment by nine organisations to pledge $5 billion to protect and conserve 30 per cent of the planet by 2030 by supporting protected areas and Indigenous stewardship of their territories.
It marks the largest-ever philanthropic commitment to nature conservation and a significant step in addressing the triple crisis that threatens our planet – climate change, nature loss and economic insecurity.
The announcement was made today at the Transformative Action for Nature and People High Level event, bringing together several heads of state and ministers, as well as leaders from the worlds of finance, philanthropy, civil society and Indigenous Communities to commit to momentous action for nature, climate and people.
This commitment to ensure 30 percent of the planet is protected and preserved in the most important places for biodiversity by 2030 is being made jointly by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin; Bezos Earth Fund; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; Nia Tero; Rainforest Trust; Re:wild; Wyss Foundation; and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.
“These nine organisations have today made a momentous commitment towards the conservation and preservation of at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030. In particular, investing in the rights of Indigenous peoples and their guardianship of territory is one of the most critical strategies for addressing the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.John Lotspeich, Executive Director of Trillion Trees
“As a joint venture between three of the world’s most experienced conservation organisations focused on the protection and restoration of the world’s forests, we welcome today’s announcement and look forward to seeing this pledge make a tangible difference for people, nature and the climate.”