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Dr Jane Goodall named COP26 Advocate ahead of UN climate summit

Dr Jane Goodall. @NatGeoMuseum/Twitter

London, July 23 (MNN) World-renowned environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall was on Friday announced as a COP26 Advocate, marking 100 days to go until the crucial climate change summit in Glasgow.

As COP26 Advocate, Dr Goodall will help bring the world’s attention to the importance of tackling climate change and COP26 – the most important international climate meeting since the signing of the Paris Agreement, the UK Cabinet Office said on Friday.

Dr Goodall will help raise awareness of climate change to audiences about the importance for climate action globally, highlighting the work that needs to be done to protect the planet for future generations.

She will do this by speaking to leaders and groups around the world in the run up to COP26 on this vital relationship between nature and climate.

Protecting and restoring natural habitats and ecosystems is a key focus for the UK as COP26 hosts and will be crucial to preserve the planet’s biodiversity, absorb emissions, and improve our health and wellbeing.

One of the world’s leading voices in conservation, Dr Goodall’s writings and public speeches emphasise the connection of all living things and the collective power of individual action.

Dr Goodall has developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of people, animals and the environment, by highlighting how they are connected to each other.

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr Jane Goodall as a COP26 Advocate. At the heart of Dr Goodall’s incredible career is showing why the protection of the natural environment and species matters to people and the planet.

“This focus on protecting communities and natural habitats is a key goal for COP26 and so I am delighted Dr Goodall will be working with us and sharing her expertise as we head into the crucial 100 days before Glasgow.”

Dr Goodall said: “I am honoured to be given the title of COP26 Advocate. We have come to a turning point in our relationship with the natural world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we must change our ways.

“In my 87 years, I have seen the ice melting in Greenland and the glaciers vanishing on Mount Kilimanjaro and around the world. Forests are disappearing – deforestation means we are losing one of the lungs of the world.

“In 100 days, it is crucial that world leaders come together at COP26 to take urgent action to protect our planet.”

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