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.
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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