Environment Day 2021 focusing on restoring ecosystems

Called by UN for June 5, 'could generate 9 trillion dollars'

04 June, 14:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 4 - Restoring the ecosystems degraded by humans will be the theme of World Environment Day 2021 set by the UN on June 5.

    The day this year will also start the UN's decade for the restoring of ecosystems: a global effort to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of natural habitats.

    On June 5, people around the world will show their efforts to restore natural habitats by doing such things as planting trees in India and cleaning the beaches in Hong Kong and communities in Kenya.

    Many will also take part on social media in the Snap Challenge to show how they are changing their behaviors to be part of the movement.

    The hashtags of World Environment Day 2021 are #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentalDay.

    This year Pakistan is the country guest of honor and is launching its project, the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project, which aims to paint that many trees by 2023.

    The UN states that the restoration of ecosystems can help to protect and improve means of subsistence, fight disease, reduce the risk of natural disasters, and contribute to the meeting of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

    The website of World Environment Day notes that a recent report by the UN Environment Programme found that the economic benefits of restoring ecosystems is enormous and that between now and 2030, the restoring of 350 million hectares of degraded terrestrial and marine ecosystems could generate up to USD 9 trillion in ecosystem services and remove as much as 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

    The economic benefits are estimated to be as much as ten times more than expenditure on investment, while doing nothing would be at least three times costlier than restoring the environment.

    Plans for recovery from the pandemic offer a unique opportunity to carve out a new path, the UN said, shifting investment towards a "restoration economy" that could create millions of "green" jobs.(ANSAmed).

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