Protect the planet from degradation, through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Human well-being and resilient societies depend on a healthy environment and functioning ecosystems. Environmental degradation, climate change, extreme weather, and natural or man-caused disasters can offset development gains and jeopardise economic progress especially for the most vulnerable groups or already degraded habitats . It can increase vulnerabilities and needs, put at risk peace and stability and cause large scale migration. In addition to dedicated actions, environmental consideration needs to be integrated across all sectors of the society.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. Indeed, it upsets
the functioning of societies and economies around the world, spawning from weather disturbances to social and economic tensions, like falling means of subsistence or the exacerbation of conflicts. Through education, innovation and adherence to global climate commitments, we can all make the necessary changes to protect the planet. These changes are opportunities to assure sustainable economic patterns and promote greater prosperity across the globe.
CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Human beings, like other organisms alive, are part of the ecosystem and depend on nature. Biodiversity is essential to human life, it provides many crucial resources for existence. More than 70 % of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend directly on biodiversity and ecosystem for their subsistence. Today, the loss of biodiversity is a major global threat. With the current species extinction rate estimated to be 1,000-10,000 times higher than it
would naturally be, scientists assert that the biodiversity crisis has now passed the tipping point of ‘planetary boundaries’, with a risk of irreversible changes that will profoundly affect humans. Promoting a sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserving biodiversity is not a cause, it is the key to our own survival.