Naoko Ishii: An economic case for protecting the planet
Naoko Ishii leads the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a public financial institution that provides around US$1 billion every year to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Full bio
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about Japanese fishing villages.
to catch as many as fish as possible,
in the community, would disappear.
and poverty for everyone.
a kind of social contract
to hold back a bit to prevent overfishing.
an eye on each other.
if you were caught cheating.
became clear to everyone,
in the Amazon managed wildlife.
they relied on a finite, shared resource.
on how to manage those resources,
to rely on those shared resources tomorrow
water streams today.
the so-called tragedy of the commons.
a very strong sense of belonging.
our connection to the commons.
goals and systems beyond the local,
of taking care of the commons.
as our local commons,
of greenhouse gases into the air,
and industrial waste
much more fragile.
as global commons:
the global commons are.
of the global commons.
vital to our survival,
the tipping points or thresholds
or even catastrophic change.
within safe operating space,
in the future.
may tell us something.
Global Environment Facility,
in my home country and around the world.
never crossed my mind.
about the global commons
of the global commons
into the big money decisions
why do we have this sheer ignorance
it didn't really matter too much.
some part of the environment,
the functions of the earth system.
had still enough capacity
of the earth for self-repair
the science is very clear:
an overwhelming force
living conditions on earth,
we are running out of time.
who are able to preserve it --
the global commons
managed their local commons.
that we do have the global commons
the stewardship of the global commons
of the fishing villages
will live in cities.
our energy system.
must sharply decarbonize,
our production-consumption system.
take-make-waste consumption patterns.
to change our food system,
on the global commons,
of greenhouse gas emissions.
of the world's water resources.
is used to grow crops.
are used for agriculture.
1,000 times faster
to try to transform the food system
healthy food for everyone,
on the global commons.
island of Sumatra,
in thousands of food products
is just increasing.
from growing oil palm.
make the change by themselves,
under a kind of new contract,
to protect tropical forests.
at least for the last few years,
actors along the supply chain
to transform the food system.
to manage the global commons.
at its center.
waiting for others to step in,
will continue to deteriorate,
from the tragedy of the commons.
to embrace the global commons.
that global commons do exist
forests, and biodiversity.
left on earth for egoism.
within their safe operating space,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERNaoko Ishii - Environmental policy expert
Naoko Ishii leads the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a public financial institution that provides around US$1 billion every year to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems.
Why you should listen
Since taking the helm at the GEF in 2012, Naoko Ishii, an economist by training, has steered the development and implementation of a new long-term strategy that addresses the underlying drivers of environmental degradation. She has put protecting the global commons -- our air, water, biodiversity, forests, land, oceans and a stable climate -- at its center.
Previously, Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance in Japan and has also worked at the World Bank and the IMF. As a sustainable development leader, Ishii strives to be build coalitions that address the "defining moment" that we're in for the future of the planet. She is a leading advocate on the need to make the environment everybody's business, and she believes safeguarding the global commons is, quite simply, the wisest investment we can make.
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