Let’s make our children’s children proud

Our actions during this decade will define the cities and towns our children’s children will call home. Let’s make them proud.

The pandemic proved we are capable of rapid change in the midst of uncertainty and the reason why the One Health concept is so core to our wellbeing. On this World Environment Day, let’s commit to restore our urban ecosystems, not only to benefit the planet, but to benefit us and the generations after us. Let’s be a part of #generationrestoration.

Ms Kobie Brand, Deputy Secretary General: ICLEI and Global Director: Cities Biodiversity Center

Scientists conclude that the next 10 years is our last chance to prevent irreversible damage to our planet and catastrophic climate change. During this decade many global goals for sustainability conclude, including the Decade for Action for Water Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Currently we are not on track to achieve these goals, to limit climate change, or to prevent another mass extinction of life on Earth.

Launched on World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration can wholly alter this trajectory by asking us to do one thing: protect and revive our ecosystems.

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