Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land


In 2015, the United Nations created the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda is a plan to create peace, wealth and health across the world. The goal consists of 17 goals in total, but this blog post is about goal number 15 specifically.

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Goal number 15’s goal is to “protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”.

Before COVID-19, many of the goals were not reached. The world is falling short on 2020 targets as over 31,000 species are threatened to extinction. The problem with this, is that we need nature to provide for us. If many species begin to die out, the ecosystem would not function the way it does, and many other species would begin to die because of it.

Forest areas still continue to decline at an alarming rate. This is due to agricultural expansion as each year 10 hectares of forest are destroyed.

As we can see, many of the goals contributing to goal number 15 are doing the opposite of what was planned. But we can do many things to help. There are many organizations to donate to build more trees and expand our forests. There are also petitions to sign.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. islamn1 says:

    Hi Jolene,
    Thank you for writing about this specific goal. I think it is really devastating to see that the goals are not being reached. This is the opposite of what we hope to happen. However, if we all work together in order to invest our time and resources to manage and protect ecosystems, then this UN goal can be accomplished. I was surprised to read that over 31,000 species are threatened to be extinct. We need to come together now more than ever!

  2. staracef says:

    Hi Joelene!
    Among all the goals this is one that hits harder to home for me. My love for animals makes me passionate about fighting for the animals on the brink of extinction. The sooner people wake up and realize how much everything we do affects the world is the more time we have to change it for the sake of the animals that entire species and existence is on the line. Many of these species inhabited Earth before us and they are entitled to their ecosystems as much as we are.

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