The United Nations met in Japan to discuss biodiversity, and the end result of their meeting was a 10-year plan to preserve nature.
Here's what Jim Leape, director-general of WWF International had to say about the plan:
"This agreement reaffirms the fundamental need to conserve nature as the very foundation of our economy and our society."
More from Leape:
"Governments have sent a strong message that protecting the health of the planet has a place in international politics, and countries are ready to join forces to save life on Earth."
The goal for the 10-year plan will be to protect 17% of Earth's land surface, and 10% of oceans by 2020.
Some opposition to this plan includes complaints by conservation scientists who don't think that the plan is ambitious enough, and poor countries that claim they don't have resources necessary to achieve these goals.
Based on this plan, developed nations will have until 2012 to come up with plans to raise necessary funds to implement the 10 year preservation plan.
We're glad to see measures being taken to preserve nature! We hope this plan works out!
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