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5 Jun 2019 - Today is World Environment Day. First the bad news. In the wake of two bleak global reports – one on nature and one on climate – it is easy to be filled with despair. We are set to lose a million species within the next 30 years. We are on the brink of dangerous climate tipping points and only have about a decade to act. We are set to have more plastic in the ocean than fish biomass by 2050. These trends not only endanger our environment, they endanger our existence.

Our relationship with nature must undergo a profound shift or we will face a vastly more inhospitable and dangerous future. We must find new solutions that point toward a sustainable future. These solutions must help us combat and adapt to our climate crisis. They must help us protect and restore ecosystems and wildlife. They must help us manage natural resources – soil, timber, water – sustainably. These solutions must also be just, fair and inclusive, ensuring that no one is left behind, especially the 3.4 billion people in the world who depend on nature for their livelihood, and who are disproportionately affected.

Now for the good news – these solutions are all around us! Hundreds of communitiesaround the world are already charting  new courses for the future, finding pathways to restore and protect our planet, reduce plastic pollution, reduce and sequester greenhouse gases, avoid dangerous tipping points, and secure decent and prosperous lives. The Equator Initiative is a partnership that identifies such solutions, recognizing and celebrating local, nature-based sustainable development initiatives around the world.

This World Environment Day, we are especially proud to announce the 20 winners of this year’s Equator Prize. This World Environment Day, take a moment of respite from the daily news about biodiversity loss and our climate crisis. Take a moment to discover these bright, bold solutions that point us toward a future by visiting the Equator Initiative website. Learn about a community in Nigeria that has found a replacement for single-use plastics; and many others. 

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2019/on-world-environment-day--signs-of-hope.html

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Jamison Ervin
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Marine pollution