Quoting Wangari Maathai, “We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” We talk about life almost all the time but how much are we really doing to sustain it for future generations?
The United Nation’s SDG 15 -Life on Land aims 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. The goal helps looking after our planet, the forests, the trees and the animals. And not just to preserve the beauty of nature but also because as humans we also rely on these for our survival.
We have lost over 12 million hectares of forest every year from 2000 to 2010. A significant loss of forest cover has been caused due to the expansion of commercial agriculture, mainly large-scale farming. All of these damages to the environment comes at a great cost as when these forests get lost through deforestation, biodiversity is also lost which leads to low crop productivity and value.
This also massively leads to the increase of climate change and the negative effects of climate change are known to all. So far only 14% of coastal marine and terrestrial areas have been managed to be safeguarded but that is definitely not enough. Conservation has to be taken more seriously as this impact the living of millions of people.
The small choices that individuals make have a large impact because it is personal consumption that drives development, which in turn uses and pollutes nature. We can thus support the cause by carefully choosing the products we buy and the government policies these support. The government and the company has a responsibility to lead and inform the people but at the end of the day, it is us who make our own individual choices each day that is bound to make a difference.
It is also time we stand up to sustain natural habitat in order to see an effective widespread change.