THIS WEEK'S FOCUS:
We're all connected, and the choices we make matter. From scrutinizing supply chains to encouraging eco-friendly daily habits, GLF has been helping lead the charge towards more sustainable lifestyles that don't cost us the Earth. Learn more in these Landscape News articles.
Tune in next week for Best of Change-makers.
Whatever your style, unfortunately your fashion footprint isn’t finished yet. Washing and drying clothes contributes heavily to energy and water use, carbon emissions and pollution.
Digging into the psychology of materialism with Tim Kasser
You can be the fashion revolutionary!
Event Focus: GLF Kyoto
Twenty-two years on, in May 2019 delegates returned to the site of the historic signing of the Kyoto Protocol for GLF Kyoto, which was held on the sidelines of the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). At the conference, Kyoto's mayor Daisaku Kadokawa pledged that the city would meet a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050. The event marked GLF's first foray into a Digital Edition, which livestreamed special addresses, multimedia content and art from five continents, and reached over two million people on social media.
For the first time ever, GLF launched a Digital Edition, which aired climate change videos, special addresses and art streamed live from five continents, reaching over 2 million people on social media.
From poets to politicians, indigenous elders to youth activists, this year GLF has provided platforms for changemakers of all stripes to get their crucial messages out into the world. Find out more in these stories.
Tune in next week for Best of Restoration.
Indigenous activist and musician on turning despair into action
Only by changing our thinking and learning to accept, understand and honor all perspectives can we rewrite together the collective story of our shared future.
Former Irish president Mary Robinson uses true protagonists to show why everyone must cling to hope
Restoring landscapes has always been a central focus of GLF's work, but things have really stepped up a notch this year with the announcement of the upcoming 2021-2030 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which we'll help to lead and shape. Read more here.
Tune in next week for Best of Food.
The story of one of history’s most ambitious restoration projects
4 steps to replace your lawn with a carbon-sequestering garden
Bamboo agroforestry as the solution for landscapes restoration in Ghana
GLF New York
At the close of an historic Climate Week, in September 2019 over 400 people met at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for a GLF gathering entitled 'Restore the Earth'. There, delegates explored the practicalities and potential of the upcoming UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-2030.
As climate change alters the planet's food-producing landscapes and systems, how do we feed the world without depleting ecosystems further? Nature-friendly farming and sustainable wild harvest were key concerns for the GLF this year, as these stories show.
Tune in next week for Best of Livelihoods & Rights.
Plus, how to transform free sawdust into profit
Leaders from across the world are provide key recommendations for how to deliver on the promises of restoration.
Reducing food loss is key to achieving zero hunger and meeting environmental targets.
We can't protect forests and mitigate the impacts of climate change without taking a 'livelihood lens' and centering the rights of indigenous and local communities. As speakers at a number of GLF events this year highlighted, their knowledge and stewardship is critical to preserving the world's remaining biodiversity and carbon sinks. Check out these articles to know more.
Tune in next week for Best of Biodiversity.
Building a sustainable, equitable set of wheels from grass
Video address from Mary Robinson , Former President of the Republic of Ireland & Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Smartphone app helps communities fight illegal logging
Rights were in the spotlight at GLF Bonn in June 2019. Indigenous leaders, young people, scientists and policymakers rallied around the cause of securing rights for the world's 350 million Indigenous peoples, whose ancestral lands harbor 80 percent of the world's biodiversity and almost 300 billion metric tons of carbon. At the conference, a 'gold standard' was developed for rights-based approaches to landscape restoration.
Held alongside the UNFCCC’s Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB50), indigenous leaders and representatives stood shoulder to shoulder with policy makers, scientists and youth in their commitment to securing the rights of the world’s 350 million Indigenous peoples.
As this year's IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services made clear, our planet's biodiversity is rapidly declining due to environmental degradation, unsustainable extraction and climate change. The GLF continues to draw attention to this crisis, and to voice the human and financial losses associated with this decline. Find out more here.
Tune in next week for Best of Finance.
Producer Rupert Barrington reflects on 2 years documenting the world’s reigning animal families
Birdwatching with Ian Karika on Rarotonga
Indigenous Peoples and local communities are bearers of rights and solutions to the climate crisis.
Changing course costs money — even if the savings in the long run are priceless. Public funds are limited, but there's vast private-sector potential that we are yet to unlock. That's why GLF has continued to make the business case for green investment, and worked to help channel finances towards creating more sustainable systems. See more here.
The ins and outs of sustainable investing
All the key terms to know about sustainable investing
It is time to explore some of the options to mainstream sustainable land-use investments in the practices and tools of traditional finance stakeholders.
How can we make sustainable finance mainstream? That was the question on everyone's lips at the GLF's fourth annual Investment Case Symposium, held in Luxembourg in November 2019. Held just after the UNEP Finance Initiative's Regional Roundtable on Sustainable Finance, the event focussed on facilitating the flow of investment into sustainable landscape projects and supply chains.
This event focused on the development of cutting-edge financial tools and mechanisms, ways to overcome investment risks, financial needs in landscapes, and new policies being enacted to increase the amount of money going to create sustainable landscapes for the future.
Best of 2019
Here stands the Great Green Wall
A 3-part series on the progress and holdbacks of one of history’s most ambitious restoration efforts
Life as a Sherpa in the age of climate change
Three Himalayan Sherpas tell their stories
Bill McKibben on new book “Falter” and the human future
The climate leader asks: In the end, where are we starting to go?
Landscapes 101: Get briefed on our planet’s ecosystems
All you need to know about peatlands, rangelands and more
Women are ‘on the front lines’ of defending land
Tackling the gendered hazards facing environmental defenders
World Environment Day 2019: Together we can #BeatAirPollution
Inspirational Talk by Johnmary Kavuma
‘Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’ announced by UN
Kyoto Digital Edition: Lifestyle Q&A
African Women in Sustainable Business and Environment Management
Poem: Rights to Equality
Inspirational Talk by Bernice Dapaah
Inspirational Talk by Walter Willett
Street Art x Restoration in NYC
GLF New York 2019 Opening: Inger Anderson
GLF Bonn 2019 Outcome Statement
Why rights-based approaches are critical to confronting the climate crisis.
TIMELINE: Road to U.N Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021 -2030)
Roadmap: how we arrived at the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Infographic: High cost of food waste
What food wastage costs the world, and why it matters.
Innovating Finance to Overcome Current Barriers Towards Sustainable Landscapes
Channeling finance to smallholders to support more planet-friendly landscape management.
How to Measure the Positive Impact on Biodiversity of an Investment?
Tallying up the biodiversity gains from green investment.