Humans and other animals rely on other forms of life on land for food, clean air, clean water, and as a means of combatting climate change. Plant life makes up 80% of the human diet. Forests, which cover 30% of the Earth’s surface, help keep the air and water clean and the Earth’s climate in balance.
Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change.
The health of our planet also plays an important role in the emergence of zoonotic diseases, i.e. diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans. As we continue to encroach on fragile ecosystems, we bring humans into ever-greater contact with wildlife, enabling pathogens in wildlife to spill over to livestock and humans, increasing the risk of disease emergence and amplification. That’s not to mention they’re home to millions of animal species. But the land and life on it are in trouble. Arable land is disappearing 30 to 35 times faster than it has historically. Deserts are spreading. Animal breeds are going extinct.
We can turn these trends around. Fortunately, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2030. And investing in land restoration is critical for improving livelihoods, reducing vulnerabilities, and reducing risks for the economy.
Goal 15 targets all processes and actions that are a threat to animals, plants and ecosystems on our great, green planet. Some specific, key elements of what this looks like include:
Save the rainforest! AKA putting a stop to deforestation and promoting reforestation
Making sure ecosystems like forests, wetlands and mountains are conserved, restored and made sustainable
Preventing the extinction of threatened species...because we can’t lose out on THIS
Fairly sharing genetic resources (any material that comes from an animal or plant)
Stopping the poaching / trafficking of protected animals
Making biodiversity values a part of development planning (because doing all of this work just to have it all reversed would be majorly frustrating)
Are you ready to work towards this goal? When and where do you want to start?
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