The Value of Nature

Photo: UNEP / 20 Nov 2020

20 November 2020 (UNEP)* — It is a global rallying cry for everyone – from governments to multinational companies, to school children – to get involved in reviving damaged ecosystems.

To mark World Children’s Day, which is 20 November, the United Nations Environment Programme recreated the journey of one young girl as she learns about the value of the natural world and how to protect it.

From forests to farmlands to oceans, Earth’s ecosystems are the basis of human prosperity. But as the planet’s population grows, driving the demand for natural resources, these landscapes are being degraded at an alarming rate.

Experts say young people will be most impacted by the destruction of ecosystems. But they also stand to benefit the most from the creation of sustainable jobs based on a restoration economy.

Educating children about restoration, say experts, will turn today’s school kids into ecosystem ambassadors and provide them with the skills necessary to work in the planet-friendly industries of tomorrow.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, led by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners, is designed to prevent, halt and reverse the loss of ecosystems worldwide. A global call to action, it will draw together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration. 

Learn more.


2020 Human Wrongs Watch

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