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Dame Jane takes lead role at climate change summit

- By Steph Spyro

THE world has reached a turning point in its relationsh­ip with nature, leading anthropolo­gist Dame Jane Goodall has warned.

As she began a 100-day countdown to the start of the key COP26 climate change conference, Dame Jane said it was crucial that global leaders there join forces to save the environmen­t.

The 87-year-old – one of the world’s top experts on primates – was today named as a COP26 advocate.

As part of her role Dame Jane, who is unsurpasse­d with her 60-year studies of chimpanzee­s, will address people around the globe on the importance of taking action against climate change. She will also highlight what needs doing to help the planet.

She 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.”

Dame Jane will highlight the importance of forests, biodiversi­ty and nature-based solutions in the run-up to November’s Glasgow conference.

Protecting natural habitats will be a key focus for the UK as hosts of the 26th UN conference. It is hoped the summit will seal agreements to preserve biodiversi­ty, absorb emissions and improve people’s health.

Alok Sharma, COP26 presidentd­esignate, said: “At the heart of Dr Goodall’s incredible career is showing why the protection of the natural environmen­t and species matters.”

 ??  ?? Primate concern... COP26 advocate Dr Jane Goodall with male chimp Figan in Gombe National Park, Tanzania
Primate concern... COP26 advocate Dr Jane Goodall with male chimp Figan in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

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