Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5 and amid demands from scientists and grassroots organizers for global systemic changes, two United Nations agencies on Thursday launched the U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with a report that serves as a call to action for everyone to join the #GenerationRestoration movement.
According to the U.N. report "Restoration is essential for keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, ensuring food security for a growing population, and slowing the rate of species extinctions.
The new U.N. Environment Program and Food and Agriculture Organization report highlighted that human are using 1.6 times the resources that the planet can sustainably provide.
It said that since the 1990s, 420 million hectares or over a million acres of forest have been lost.
World Environment Day 2021, which counts with Pakistan as the host country for this year’s official celebrations, calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems – From forests to peatlands to coasts.
Antonio Guterres is the United Nations Secretary General.