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We have to understand that nature conservation is not a luxury. We are dependent on nature, and the restoration of ecosystems has economic value. We must reach out to other sectors and mainstream biodiversity protection. Nature is not just about recreation and tourism, it’s about the sustainability of our future.
The scariest thing about agriculture is the sheer smallness of the number of people who know how to do it and the fact that the skills are not being transferred. Right now, we have an exodus and a big brain drain of farmers leaving the land.
My grandmother, who does not have a PhD in land restoration, is now being recognized by the IPCC because she is an expert on her land. So why can’t we move from saying ‘we need to be experts on this’ and go to those who have already been restoring for centuries, because those Indigenous peoples who don’t have PhDs know better how to sustainably restore their land.
With privilege and opportunity also comes responsibility. The science of climate change is clear, as is the increasing voice of the world’s youth. We need to listen to them. We need to act.
How many of us think consciously when we go to the supermarket? Let me talk about the Global North. What is implied by the products we are buying? Not only in terms of the environment, but also socially? What are we grabbing from the Global South? I think we need to start acting locally and increase collective responsibility and awareness.
Children all around the world are experiencing the effects of our climate crisis. Article 6 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have an inherent right to life. When children are experiencing floods, wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes that are disrupting their rights, then that is threatening their rights as children
We need to take action. Let’s do it. Let’s establish a committee with different sectors, regions and ages where we define an operational root for the decade on restoration, because we are running out of time
Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, because the next decade will be the critical decade. We hold in our hands this frightening responsibility to forever change the trajectory of our planet.
18 Oct 2019
Sustainable finance veteran Mark Burrows on the responsibility of banks
The investment banker presents a new concept for green bonds and more
17 Oct 2019
Mirova’s CEO on how the Great Recession helped grow green finance
Philippe Zaouati on investing in a better world
16 Oct 2019
New initiative ECCA30 sets out to restore an oft-overlooked region
Expert Paola Agostini on restoring 30 million hectares of Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
16 Oct 2019
Landscape News’ top 5 food stories for World Food Day 2019
From a Michelin-star chef Q&A to a defense for agroforestry, the best from our archives
Digital Summit: Large scale restoration of agroecosystems – Opportunities and Challenges of participatory monitoring.
Digital summit: From river to coast – Collaboration to restore coastal and rural areas
The ocean is a part of me, Callie Veelenturf, USA
Digital summit: To carbon or not to carbon
Digital summit: Secure rights for forest futures
Digital Summit: Beyond Land – Gender equality in restoration
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