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African manConservation does better when people understand the situation. As Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, recently said in Cancun, the use of jargon such as LDCs, MRV, ICA does not help, writes AlertNet. The key is in taking conservation out of the theoretical field and into the real world. Herders in northern Kenya looking for grass, or coastal Bangladeshi families watching their fields go under salt water, not only demonstrate climate change’s effects but prove it’s here now. Climate change is no longer some theory that may or may not happen in the future.

The outcome of the recent climate change conference in Cancun was an agreement for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement’s not binding, and even letting the world’s temperature increase by 2 degrees is going to negatively impact millions and millions of people, animals, and ecosystems.

Much work will have to be done to save lives and wild spaces. Let’s remember to drop the jargon as much as possible and connect better with the donors and supporters who will help determine what actually gets saved.

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