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World Environment Day 2021: Generation Restoration
By admin June 5, 2021

World Environment Day | United Nations

Today, June 5th, is World Environment Day. The theme is Ecosystem Restoration (#GenerationRestoration). Scroll below for more information.

TBG’s Commitment

The Bassiouni Group’s President, David Solomon Bassiouni, is part of #GenerationRestoration through his role as an advisory board member at Highland Carbon, which maintains of the most exceptional Carbon Offsetting programs in the world — with rewilding zones in the Scottish Highlands. Highland Carbon offers bespoke solutions for corporations and its projects arewithin the official frameworks of the Woodland Carbon Code & Peatland Code. Highland Carbon also offers offsetting opportunities overseas with the Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard and United Nations Framework CCC quality marks. All of the aforementioned support the Paris Agreement targets. For more information, email (davidb@bassiounigroup.com, richard@highlandcarbon.com).

History of World Environment Day

Per the UN Environment Programme:

“Since its beginning in 1974, World Environment Day has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. Millions of people have taken part over the years, helping drive change in our consumption habits as well as in national and international environmental policy. Below are some of the landmarks of World Environment Day through the years.”

World Environment Day embraces smaller and less-developed nations while tackling even bigger topics: from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. This annual day of action that began nearly 50 years ago now often goes viral on social media.

2020

In 2020, the World Environment Day theme focused on biodiversity – a concern both urgent and existential. The day was hosted by Colombia. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis – caused by the rapid destruction of habitats – President Iván Duque Márquez said “the time to act is now if we want to assure our present and our future.” Fourteen world leaders – including those from Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, France and Seychelles – released a statement calling on governments worldwide to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 per cent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030.

2019

The 2019 theme was air pollution, a global emergency that causes around 7 million premature deaths every year. Hosted by China, President Xi Jinping stressed China’s willingness to share its experience with other countries in a letter to the 2019 World Environment Day event. The country also launched its Air Quality Improvement Report (2013-2018) to showcase successful policies and reflect on lessons learned.

2018

India hosted the 45th celebration of World Environment Day under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” Over 6,000 people gathered at Versova Beach in Mumbai to join UN Environment Champion of the Earth, Afroz Shah, in a beach clean-up, where they collected over 90,000 kg of plastic. The Indian government made a bold commitment to ban all single-use plastics—which makes up 70 per cent of marine litter—by 2022 and European Union lawmakers agreed on a ban by 2025.

2017

“I’m with nature” is the theme of World Environment Day 2017, which inspires more than 1,800 events, from tree-planting in Mumbai to ivory burning in Angola to a running race through Brazil’s Iguaçu National Park. In host country Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins UN Environment Programme’s Erik Solheim to connect with nature by paddling kayaks along the Niagara River. (For previous years, click here.)

The Theme

“For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. Every three seconds, the world loses enough forest to cover a football pitch and over the last century we have destroyed half of our wetlands. As much as 50 per cent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 per cent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C.

Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it. This World Environment Day will kick off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmlands, from the top of mountains to the depth of the sea.

Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.”

The Community

“Above all, World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to invest in repairing the environment; for educators to inspire students to take action; and for youth to build a greener future.

Everybody living on this planet, in this moment in time can be a part of #GenerationRestoration.”

Ecosystem Restoration Handbook

“Food, water, medicine, energy: the planet’s ecosystems provide the essentials of life, so long as they’re taken care of.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been happening. During the last several decades, human development has pushed many of the world’s forests, savannahs and other natural systems to the brink of collapse.

To counteract that decline, the United Nations Environment Programme and several partners are launching a practical guide to restoring ecosystems.

It provides tips to individuals, communities,  businesses and government agencies, highlighting how they can revive the natural spaces around them.”

Cover page

“The guide comes just ahead of the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global drive to halt the degradation of land and oceans, protect biodiversity, and rebuild ecosystems.

The practical guide contains pointers on how people can design their own restoration project, clean up their town, and green their home, business or school.

It also outlines how citizens can halt the purchase of unsustainable products and shift towards plant-based diets, which have less impact on the environment.

Finally, the guide showcases ways for people to hold public discussions about the value of ecosystems, and covers how they can stage online campaigns to draw attention to climate change and nature loss.

Along with those pointers, the document features an overview of the main ecosystem types, from forests and farmlands to rivers and coasts. It lists the benefits they provide, some of the biggest threats they face, and outlines ways in which they can be restored.

It also provides links to organizations with expertise in restoration, includes the UN Decade’s visual identity, and features a list of hashtags, like #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay, to help maximize the exposure of restoration projects.”

For more information, click here.

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