World Environment Day 2024: An Urgent Call to Generation Restoration

Every year on June 5th, the world unites to observe World Environment Day. 

It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness about the urgent environmental issues our planet faces. 

From climate change to global warming, each year’s celebration focuses on a specific theme aimed at addressing the most pressing problems. 

This year, the theme is “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience.” 

Why is this year’s theme focused on land? What are the actions being taken? And what can businesses do? 

Join us as we explore this theme in our blog and see what actions your business can start making today to make a difference! 

Our Dependence on Land 

Humanity depends on land. 

Yet, a toxic cocktail of pollution, climate chaos, and biodiversity loss is turning healthy lands into deserts and thriving ecosystems into dead zones. 

Forests and grasslands are being annihilated. 

The strength of the land to support ecosystems, agriculture, and communities is being sapped for profit. 

We are trapped in a deadly cycle where land use is responsible for 11% of the carbon dioxide emissions heating our planet. 

The Reality We Face 

According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, up to 40% of the planet’s land is degraded. 

This degradation directly impacts half of the world’s population, through natural disasters such as droughts. In fact, The United Nations warns that the number and duration of droughts have increased by 29% since 2000. 

Without urgent action, droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050. 

It’s time to break free. 

We Are Generation Restoration 

The theme “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience” highlights the critical need to restore degraded lands and build resilience against drought. 

As the UN Secretary-General’s message states, “We are Generation Restoration. Together, we can build a sustainable future for land and humanity.” 

To achieve this, countries must deliver on all their commitments to restore degraded ecosystems and land. 

They must also adhere to the entire Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, a historic Framework which supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It does this setting out an ambitious pathway to reach the global vision of a world living in harmony with nature by 2050. 

Additionally, there must be a significant increase in finance to support developing countries in adapting to violent weather, protecting nature, and supporting sustainable development. 

Acting for a Sustainable Future 

Work has already begun. 

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is backing commitments to restore one billion hectares of land – an area larger than China. 

Last year, six countries pledged to restore 300,000 km of rivers and 350 million hectares of wetlands. 

At the sixth UN Environment Assembly in February, nations agreed to strengthen sustainable land management. 

Later this year, the three Rio Conventions – on climate, on biodiversity, and on land – are each holding a Conference of Parties. 

Land restoration can be a golden thread that ties together action and ambition across these three important gatherings. 

What Can Businesses Do? 

Businesses play a crucial role in supporting these global initiatives. 

Here are a few ways companies and industries can contribute to land restoration and combat desertification and drought: 

  • Implement Sustainable Practices: Adopt sustainable agricultural, industrial, and business practices that minimise environmental impact and conserve resources. 
  • Invest in Green Technologies: Invest in and utilise green technologies that support land restoration, reduce emissions, and improve resource efficiency. 
  • Support Reforestation and Conservation Efforts: Allocate funds and resources to reforestation projects and conservation efforts that restore degraded lands and protect biodiversity. 
  • Advocate for Stronger Environmental Policies: Use your influence to advocate for stronger environmental regulations and policies that support land restoration and sustainable practices. 
  • Partner with Environmental Organisations: Collaborate with NGOs and environmental organisations to support projects focused on land restoration and sustainability. 

Be Part of the Change 

This World Environment Day, let’s commit to making a difference. 

Together, we can restore our land, protect our environment, and build a sustainable future for generations to come. 

Remember, every small action counts towards a larger impact. 

At ClearVUE.Business, we are proud to be part of this movement. 

We are dedicated to helping organisations combat climate change and achieve net-zero emissions. 

Our comprehensive services and cutting-edge technologies enable businesses to define and execute robust carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies. 

Join the movement and be a part of Generation Restoration!

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