Strengthening the Building Blocks of Nature
The earth is a gathering place for all kinds of different types of nature. We call this natural variation biodiversity. The more diverse our nature is, the better. Biodiversity is declining in many places, for example, due to agriculture or the decrease of forests. This makes our ecosystem much more vulnerable.
WWF’s main goal is to restore the balance between humans and nature. To do this, we need to turn the decline of biodiversity into growth. We call that Bending the Curve.
Less and Less
Our nature is declining. According to the Living Planet Report 2022, there’s a devastating 69% drop in wildlife populations on average in less than a lifetime. We are living through climate and biodiversity crises; these are not separate from each other but are two sides of the same coin. Unless we limit warming to 1.5°C, climate change is likely to become the dominant cause of biodiversity loss in the coming decades.
We are facing in a global emergency! Human activities destabilize the climate and demand more from natural ecosystems than they can handle. The climate, food, and nature crises are connected. Excessive production and consumption cause more CO2 emissions, threaten the health of people and the environment, and destroy nature.
The Risks are Clear
The cost of intervention is a little effort compared to the cost of doing nothing. More than half of global GDP is heavily or in some way dependent on nature. Doing nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of nature is one of the greatest risks to humanity. Nature-positive solutions can generate a lot of money with opportunities for business and create a massive number of new jobs. We have a one-off, unique opportunity to change course–for people and planet.
We can stabilize our climate again if we start now. Heads of government must make crucial decisions about climate and biodiversity. It is the chance to change our relationship with nature in a way that is beneficial for people and for our natural environment.