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A Decade for Positive Change

Actualizado: 13 dic 2021

2021 is the inaugural year of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems and restore them to “enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.” Humans for Abundance launched its pilot program last year with very similar goals, and it is affirming to see one of the largest organizations in history commit to ecological restoration on a global scale.

By 2030, the world will have to have undergone fundamental and systemic changes in order to avoid catastrophic climate change and mega-extinctions. This seems daunting, but the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that humans can quickly change their systems and lifestyles in order to benefit others. We are nothing if not adaptable. It has also shown that massive change works best when everyone takes part. Governments, corporations, and nonprofits have known about climate change for more than 30 years and it has only gotten worse in that time because people trusted these large organizations to solve the problem. We are running out of time, and the only way to prevent catastrophe for many humans and most non-humans on earth is by combining the collective actions of the people with the power and resources of our institutions. The UN cannot do it alone, and neither can we.

The strategy of the UN’s decade of restoration focuses on three pathways: “building a global restoration movement; increasing political will; and building the required technical and financial capacity for restoration at scale.” Humans for Abundance has been hard at work on the foundations for those paths, and this blog will break down how our work complements the strategies of the UN.