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Harrison Ford Hopeful For Strong Leadership In Conserving Biodiversity

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2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and Harrison Ford, ever the conservationist, has been at the forefront of discussions currently underway at the U.N. biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan.

The 68-year-old actor, who serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of Conservation International, wrote an article for CNN detailing the efforts underway at the conference, and why leadership in protecting Earth’s biodiversity is more important than ever.

“This is a critical moment in time for environmental ministers gathered here to work together to set bold, ambitious targets to protect nature and the services it provides,” he writes. “Decisions made here will not only impact our planet’s environmental health, but every person, family, and nation that depend on nature to survive and thrive.”

Ford us urging global leaders to protect at least “25 percent of Earth’s land mass and 15 percent of Earth’s oceans by 2020.” He mentions in the article that “NATURE doesn’t need people. PEOPLE need nature.”

It’s also interesting to note the one country missing from the discussions going on in Nagoya: the United States.

“What this means is that our country does not have a seat at the table in shaping global environmental policies that support the protection of nature and long-term sustainable economic development. Our national interests in the agricultural, research, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors will be affected, but we will have no vote. That makes no sense. As an American citizen I urge my government to ratify this convention’s treaty. I hope you join me in encouraging your political leaders to do the same.”

Check out Ford’s full article here.

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