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United Nations Environment Program (Nairobi)
World Environment Day (5 June 2021) marked the official start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global push to revive the natural world.
Tim Christophersen, UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Coordinator of the UN Decade remarked: "The launch has unleashed a global movement to restore Earth. Its greatest challenge now is turning commitments from governments, companies and individuals into on-the-ground action"
"A decade may seem a long time, but we are really in a sprint to save the planet as we know it," added Christophersen. "Generation Restoration' has taken off and needs strong and consistent support in order to reach our shared goal: a planet where humanity has made peace with nature"
Below are some landmarks from the opening six months of a drive to transform humankind's relationship with the natural world
A vision created
Earth needs help. The climate emergency, the loss of nature and deadly pollution threaten to destroy nature and eliminate up to one million species. But this degradation is not inevitable, say experts. Humanity has the power and the knowledge to reverse the harm and restore land and oceans - if it acts now. This is why the United Nations declared the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. By 2030, the world must nearly halve greenhouse gas emissions to prevent devastating climate change. Huge progress is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, from eliminating poverty and fighting disease to safeguarding biodiversity
"Healthy ecosystems are vital to meeting our climate and development goals," notes Christophersen. "However, restoration needs to go hand-in-hand with efforts to decarbonize the economy"
A movement launched
Since its launch, millions of people have already joined or engaged with through its many channels, including concerts, performances, projects and social media campaigns
Press Release - World Environment Day (5 June 2021) marked the official start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global push to revive the natural world.
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