Today is World Environment Day, and we take this opportunity to reflect and educate about UN's Ecosystem Restauration goal. It is impossible to turn back time but we are able to reverse the course o by growing trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up our rivers and oceans. We are all part of the generation that can make a considerable impact on nature's future.
For too long our planet's ecosystems are being destroyed. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050. With this big and challenging picture, the World Environment Day is focus in the ecosystem restoration and its theme is “Reimagine. Recreate.Restore.”
Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea. This important day counts with Pakistan as the host country this year for its official celebrations, calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems.
The Government of Pakistan plans to expand and restore the country’s forests through a ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami‘ spread over five years. The campaign includes restoring mangroves and forests, as well as planting trees in urban settings, including schools, colleges, public parks and green belts. Through the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, under the challenge, countries are pledging to bring 350 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2030.
It means bringing back plants and animals from the brink of extinction, from the peaks of mountains to the depths of the sea. But it also includes the many small actions everyone can take, every day: growing trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens or cleaning up trash alongside rivers and coasts. Restoring ecosystems carries substantial benefits for people, also creates jobs in rural areas where they are most needed.
Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
Happy World Environment Day!