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December 7th 2022
Msit No’kmaq, Wahkohtawin, Nindinawemaganidog — all loosely translate into the phrase “all my relations,” which is defined by a kinship between beings in the natural world and Mother Earth. It’s a phrase that asserts the symbiotic relationship between Indigenous nations and their lands.
Now, as the world prepares to converge on Montreal for the United Nations’ biodiversity conference, known as COP15, countries hope to negotiate an agreement not unlike the Paris climate accord to recognize and take action to tackle the biodiversity crisis.
Finalizing the agreement at COP15, which takes place between Dec. 7 and 19, is urgent for researchers who have been sounding the alarm. One million individual species are at risk of extinction globally, according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent international group of scientists and knowledge holders established to help inform better policy on biodiversity.
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