NINE MORE YEARS TO RESTORE THE PLANET
Free Spirit has created RESTORE THE PLANET to support the United Nations on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
RESTORE THE PLANET is Network of businesses and organizations in the public sector taking concrete actions to tackle the climate change and build a healthy planet for the next generations. That initiative, launched by Free Spirit, was created to support the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration It calls for stepping up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse degradation of areas such as grasslands, forests, oceans and mountains, essential to all life on Earth. Free Spirit, a non profit organization is an official partner and an Actor of the UN decade and work actively with a group of 75 partners to implement the UN Decade by creating a global movement.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground.
RESILIENT EARTH 'NEEDS OUR HELP' TO REVERSE DAMAGE, SECRETARY-GENERAL STRESSES IN MESSAGE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
We are rapidly reaching the point of no return for the planet. We face a triple environmental emergency — biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution.
For too long, humanity has cut down the Earth’s forests, polluted its rivers and oceans, and ploughed its grasslands into oblivion. We are ravaging the very ecosystems that underpin our societies. And, in doing so, we risk depriving ourselves of the food, water and resources we need to survive.
This global movement will bring together Governments, businesses, civil society and private citizens in an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth. By restoring ecosystems, we can drive a transformation that will contribute to the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres’
World Environment Day
5th June 2021
WE MUST RESTORE ECOSYSTEMS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE, SAVE SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION AND SECURE OUR FUTURE.
We need to slash greenhouse gas emissions by nearly half by 2030 to hold global warming below 2°C and avoid its most dangerous impacts. We can’t meet that goal without restoring ecosystems and their carbon stores. Ambitious ecosystem restoration and decarbonization of national economies need to go hand in hand.
By halting and reversing the degradation of lands and oceans, we can prevent the loss of 1 million endangered species. Scientists say restoring only 15 per cent of ecosystems in priority areas can cut extinctions by 60 per cent by improving habitats.
Restoration is key to the prosperity and well-being of people. Vibrant ecosystems provide benefits from food and water to health and security that our growing population needs today and will need in the future.
A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agriculture Organization highlights the urgency to restore Earth – and the benefits that await if humanity does.
A $1000 BILLION
TO RESTORE 350 MILLION
HECTARES OF DEGRADED
ECOSYSTEM AND GENERATE
$9000 BILLION NET PROFIT
WITHIN 10 YEARS
There has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems than now. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part.
EIGHT KEY ECOSYSTEMS THAT WE CAN RESTORE
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration focuses on eight major types of ecosystems that we have dangerously degraded. Each can be restored by reducing the pressures they face and with on-the-ground action to speed their recovery.
That means safeguarding key processes – such as photosynthesis, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and the filtration of water – while protecting and bringing back biodiversity.
Here are some examples of what we can do to restore critical ecosystems. Read all about the challenges and opportunities for each ecosystem in the scientific flagship report: Becoming #GenerationRestoration and the Ecosystem Restoration Playbook.
THE GLOBAL GAINS OF RESTORATION
Restoring ecosystems of different kinds and on different scales all around the world will bring massive benefits for people and nature. It is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, including the ending of poverty and hunger. Read more about the benefits of restoration in the flagship report: Becoming #GenerationRestoration.
Restoring forests, peatlands and mangroves, along with other natural solutions, can provide over one-third of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed by 2030.
Nature’s power can help us adapt to climate change. Restoring coastal wetlands on the Gulf Coast of the United States of America could avoid $18 billion in storm damage by 2030.
Halting the decline of ecosystem services could prevent losses of $10 trillion in global income by 2050
Restoration through planting trees on farmland could increase food security for 1.3 billion people.
Forest restoration and better farm practices could cut the pollution of water supplies for 81 per cent of cities globally.
Adding urban trees can cut risks from pollution and heat while boosting mental and physical well-being for billions of people.
Restoring 15 per cent of converted lands in priority areas could avoid 60 per cent of expected species extinctions