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Satu Bumi, Satu Samudera

NEW YORK – Samudera dan atmosfir terhubung dalam cara yang baru sedikit kita pahami. Layaknya saudara kandung, langit yang berada di atas serta air di sekitar kita memiliki banyak karakteristik yang sama – khususnya yang relevan akhir-akhir ini adalah perlunya perlindungan atas keduanya. Kita semua bersaudara dan berupaya mewujudkan agenda bersama untuk melindungi samudera dan atmosfir – suatu agenda yang menentukan masa depan bagi jutaan saudara kita, ayah, ibu, teman, dan tetangga serta seluruh life-form yang ada di daratan dan lautan, bagi generasi sekarang dan masa depan.

Patut disyukuri bahwa kini pemerintah negara-negara di dunia mulai paham akan tantangan yang ada dan diharapkan mampu mencapai – atau setidaknya mengalami kemajuan – penetapan dua perjanjian penting di tahun ini: traktat internasional baru mengenai perlindungan kehidupan laut di perairan internasional dan kesepakatan tentang perubahan iklim untuk melindungi atmosfir. Selaras dengan serangkaian Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (Sustainable Development Goals), perjanjian-perjanjian tersebut akan menjadi rambu-rambu yang mengarahkan jalur yang harus diikuti perekonomian negara-negara dunia selama 15 tahun ke depan dan seterusnya.

Rumusan perjanjian-perjanjian ini muncul di tengah-tengah upaya luar biasa yang dilakukan negara, pemerintah daerah, perusahaan, dan penduduk  demi melindungi iklim dan lautan. Investasi pada energi terbarukan berjalan dengan sangat baik dan bahkan melebihi $250 miliar per tahun dan banyak negara mengeluarkan dana lebih besar untuk menghasilkan energi dari sumber-sumber energi hijau dibandingkan dengan bahan bakar fosil.

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