Juan carlos del olmo

Wwf and cambio16 ask to turn off the light on march 28th for the

Del Olmo has admitted, in an interview to Efe Agency, «the exceptional circumstances» of this action emerged from the hand of WWF more than a decade ago in Australia, which will celebrate its thirteenth edition in full confinement of the population in their homes by the coronavirus and with most companies temporarily closed.

Question: With the stoppage of activity due to the coronavirus, don’t you think that the Earth Hour with blackouts of signs and lights for energy awareness will be tarnished with so many closed businesses that do not consume light?

A.- We want to send a message of connection to the whole world that ends up reaching governments and companies that this matters. One part is virtual, but there is also the part of not going out on the street. The issue of technologies in all their variants, from the production of the devices we use to the electricity they use is polluting energy consumption. There, we must continue working to reduce energy consumption and put pressure on the big suppliers of these types of services so that this energy becomes greener and greener. A balance must be struck.

Juan carlos del olmo, secretary general, wwf

On a personal level, I am very committed to the environmental cause and the defense of nature. I am tenacious in my work, and resilient, I am very resistant to frustration. I am also an optimistic person, because it is fundamental for what we do to spread optimism to companies.

On a professional level I try to look at the short term, I am very detailed, but at the same time I do not lose the long-term objectives. I like to work with people, in teams, multidisciplinary people but, as I say, knowing where you are going. I am very passionate about what I do and sometimes I am a bit scattered.

Paris and the SDGs are the roadmap for all governments and for global governance. The SDGs combine development, poverty, environment, and so on. The breakthrough with the SDGs is that the environment is already cross-cutting, which is an impressive achievement. For example, without healthy nature you cannot get out of poverty. All countries must lead it, their governments in their programs, all have the commitment to contribute. The UN must be strong, WWF believes in multilateral bodies, and the leadership role of the UN has to continue in the EU, and in its member countries, adopting the SDGs.

Juan carlos del olmo-secretary general wwf

Yes, absolutely. The greater the capacity to invest in resource management, the greater the recovery. But we cannot afford to see how our forests or fishing grounds improve while we export our overexploitation to other regions. In reality, we are tending our own backyard and transferring the pressure to other countries.

Living Planet 2012 will be our reference document at the meeting, to which we will go with a very important delegation, with members of great weight and political lobbying capacity. We believe that in Rio we must become aware of the importance of preserving the Earth’s natural capital, creating more protected areas, especially marine; restoring degraded areas, aiming for a goal of zero biodiversity loss.

Valuing natural capital rather than Gross Domestic Product. By ensuring that natural wealth is reflected in national accounts. In fact, the Living Planet Index is like a bank statement of the Earth. We must reduce consumption, consume better and produce better. Cotton, soy, oil palm can be produced in the regions where they are grown but more efficiently, without destroying the environment.

What has been achieved after the paris summit?

WWF considers that the agreement reached at the XXI International Conference on Climate Change is a very positive first step. What differentiates the Paris Agreement from the Kyoto Protocol? There are several very important things that differentiate the Paris Agreement from the Kyoto Protocol. Firstly, this agreement is based on the idea that we are facing an abyss, not only because of climate change but also because of the destruction of natural resources of extraordinary proportions, and in the face of this reality there must be a commitment on the part of all countries.

Secondly, we have to produce better what we consume. If we manage fishing resources well, there will always be fishing, or we can also manage forests intelligently so that while we obtain wood, pulp or pulp for our uses, we are maintaining the forests. Therefore, consuming in a more responsible way is vital, and this is where the sensitivity of consumers and the responsibility of companies come in, so that the products they market respond to a much more responsible model.

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