Every year, 4.7 million hectares of forest disappear. That’s one soccer field every three seconds!
World Environment Day 2021 focuses on the recovery of damaged ecosystems. Under the theme “Re-imagine. Recreate. Restore. ”, the day is a call to immediate action in the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).
It is a global rallying cry to encourage everyone, from governments to citizens to organizations, to do their part to heal the planet, which is threatened more than ever. Scientists speak of the urgency to act, insisting on the next ten years to be able to bend the curve of biodiversity loss and prevent the devastating effect of climate change.
Even if the task seems colossal on a global scale, hence the importance of mobilizing governments and organizations, many small actions, taken individually, can help rebalance our ecosystems. These include landscaping our yards by planting trees, cleaning up garbage along rivers and lakes, increasing the biodiversity of our lawns, and pressuring elected municipal officials to green our cities and towns more.
To encourage participation in this collective effort, a guide has been prepared as part of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. Find out more…