World Environment Day 2021 marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: A global rallying cry for everyone to do their part in healing our ailing planet. The aim of which is to "prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean."
Starting in 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in an effort to address pressing environmental issues. Each year focuses on a set theme from “Only One Earth” back in 1974 to “When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last” in 1988. In 1998 it was “For Life on Earth – Save our Seas” and “Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level!” in 2014.
World Environment Day aims to tackle big topics: from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
2021's Theme - Ecosystem Restoration
Ecosystem restoration means to go from exploiting nature to healing it. Only with healthy ecosystems can we aim to counteract climate change. We have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. "Restoration and other natural solutions can deliver one third of the mitigation needed by 2030 to keep global warming below 2C while also helping societies and economies adapt to climate change." (Griscom et al., 2017; Kapos et al., 2019)
So what can we do as individuals to help restore the Ecosystem?
Take part in a litter pick
Reduce plastic use
Advocate for green spaces
Try growing your own vegetables
Plant a tree
These are just some of the ways you can help, there are many more out there we simply need to take action were we can.
Stay tuned to find out how Mind The Atlantic plan to assist in ecosystem restoration