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To: President Biden
What the U.S. Can Do to Stop Extinction
Did you know that there's an important global treaty to conserve biological diversity, and the United States is the only major country that's not a member? In the midst of the extinction crisis, that's unacceptable.
It's high time for the United States to join the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Created at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the convention's mission is to protect the planet's rich array of life and ensure sustainable, equitable use. The United States helped develop the treaty, but never ratified it.
This year the convention meets to set the global conservation agenda for the coming decade. With more than a million species on track to go extinct, this meeting is critical to saving life on Earth. The United States must participate in the meeting to call for an end to human-induced extinction — but if the President Biden doesn't take action, we'll be on the outside looking in.
Tell President Biden ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity and commit to ending extinction now.
Why is this important?
More than a million species are on track to go extinct in the coming decades. In the face of this crisis, the United States must be a global leader. I urge you to join the Convention on Biological Diversity and call for the end of human-induced extinction.
Created in 1992, the convention is the primary international agreement to conserve biological diversity. The United States helped develop the treaty, but the Senate never ratified it. Currently we're the only major country that isn't a party to the convention — a shocking failure that needs to be remedied.
Later this year the convention will meet to set the global conservation agenda for the coming decade. I urge you to ratify this convention to help protect life on Earth and call for an end to human-induced extinction.