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It is the environment around us. We live off of it and its natural habitat play important role in our daily lives. We depend on terrestrial ecosystems and forests as an essential source of materials. Such as producing oxygen, recycling water, providing food. Which means every living thing MATTERS.

But why should we care?

In reality, we are pollutants to the wildlife, we so depend on, we are talking more than what the earth can provide for us each year, we use 25% more resources than our planet can sustain each year. Forest cover 30% of the earth’s land. Around 1.6 billion people depend on it for their livelihoods. That makes up almost 25% of the world’s population. Forests are home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species, animals, plants, and insects. Biodiversity is so important in maintaining our ecosystems. They are the key to our sources of income, but by using more resources than what we need, species, habitats, and local communities are under pressure. Not to mention, climate change alone is expected to threaten.  Approximately one quarter or more of all species on land by the year 2050, surpassing even habitat loss as the biggest threat to life on land. Some 135 million people may be displaced by 2045 as a result of desertification. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity and 2/3 of the world will be living under water-stressed conditions. By 2050, the demand for water is expected to increase by 50%. 12 million hectares of productive land become barren every year due to desertification and drought alone. Which is a lost opportunity to produce 20 million tons of rice, wheat, and grain.

We cannot afford to keep degrading land when we are expected to increase food production by 70% by 2050 to feed the entire world population. We cannot afford to lose over 7.3 million hectares of forest each year if only 75% of it being put to good use and we cannot allow the extinction of over 300 species because of our incompetence.

And if we don’t take this as our first PRIORITY. We will lose EVERYTHING.

But if we mobilize now, we can change that. We can ensure the conservation-restoration and management of our forests. That means by taking only what we need and reusing items. By 2030, combat desertification by integrating land and water management to protect soils from erosion, salinization, and other forms of degradation. Halt biodiversity loss by protecting and preventing the extinction of threatened species and we can stop and reverse degradation by restoring the land and soil we lost.