CALL TO ACTION! Great Bear Native Plants is highlighting the United Nations - Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - an effort to celebrate, promote and complete ecosystem restoration initiatives around the world from 2021 to 2030. 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.”
As the UN Decade website states, “there has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems than now.” Well-functioning ecosystems support the diversity of life on Earth. By keeping our ecosystems healthy we keep people and the planet healthy. The UN Decade aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. Projects can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN Decade is building a diverse, global movement to help put people on course for a more sustainable future. The UN Decade has created a hub for restoration advocates and enthusiasts to dream up, build up and partner on restoration efforts both big and small.
How is the UN Decade pushing restoration efforts globally? They have outlined a strategy that includes 10 primary actions that could make a big difference over 10 years. They want to:
empower a global movement by connecting organizations and individuals so that they can learn about and complete more restoration on the ground.
become a hub for funders including governments, private businesses, or lenders to finance restoration on the ground.
rethink how we can set the right incentives so that restoration and sustainable practices are rewarded over more harmful practices.
make a point to celebrate leadership in the restoration world and acknowledge that many people are already doing important work to protect our natural resources.
identify and encourage restoration-friendly practices to help shift behaviors so that consumption favors restoration-based products and services.
facilitate major investments in research that will help us develop best practices for ecosystem restoration.
build up capacity of marginalized groups including indigenous peoples, women, and youth so that they can actively participate in restoration in their communities.
challenge the musicians, artists, storytellers and other influencers in our communities to increasingly celebrate a culture of restoration that encourages giving back to our natural ecosystems rather than just taking from them.
build up the next generation of young people through restoration education, environmental stewardship opportunities and sustainable jobs skills training so that they can carry restoration as a priority into the future.
Hear from restoration practitioners from around the world so that they can listen and learn more about what practitioners need to get on the ground restoration work done.
Want to be a part of the change? Spread the word. Stay informed. Check out the latest restoration-related News and Events. Participate in restoration activities in your local community and encourage your local, regional and national leaders to invest in and collaborate on meaningful restoration and sustainable practices. Think about how your every day actions support the strategies outlined by the UN Decade. We encourage everyone to explore current restoration Initiatives and share with your friends, family and colleagues.
Show your support by joining the movement! Be a seed of change.