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Revitalize Our Planet: Seven Ways to Restore Land and Halt Desertification.


Land sustains life on Earth. Natural spaces such as forests, farmlands, savannahs, peatlands, and mountains provide humanity with food, water, and raw materials. Yet, more than 2 billion hectares of the world’s land are degraded, affecting over 3 billion people. Today, 5 June, the planet celebrates World Environment Day 2024, spotlighting how everyone can help end land degradation and restore blighted landscapes.

Here are seven ways to get involved in ecosystem restoration on World Environment Day:


1. Make Agriculture Sustainable
Our current food systems are unsustainable and drive land degradation. Governments can promote regenerative agriculture and redirect subsidies towards sustainable practices. Agricultural businesses can develop climate-resilient crops and manage pesticide use. Consumers can adopt plant-rich diets and support sustainable farming.


2. Save the Soil
Healthy soil is vital for food production and acts as a carbon sink. Governments and businesses can support soil-friendly farming practices, like zero-tillage and using organic compost. Individuals can compost food scraps to enrich soil in their gardens.


3. Protect the Pollinators
Pollinators are essential for crop production but are in decline. To protect them, reduce air pollution and minimize pesticide use. Planting diverse native flowers in gardens can attract and support pollinators.


4. Restore Freshwater Ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems are crucial for water cycles and biodiversity but are disappearing rapidly. Improving water quality and restoring degraded rivers and wetlands can help. Cities can innovate wastewater management to prevent pollution.


5. Renew Coastal and Marine Areas
Oceans provide oxygen, food, and climate regulation. Governments can restore blue ecosystems and enforce pollution regulations. Redesigning plastic products to be reusable and recyclable can keep them out of the ocean.


6. Bring Nature Back to Cities
Urban areas consume vast resources and produce significant waste. Urban forests, water bodies, and green roofs can improve air quality and biodiversity. Cities can integrate more natural spaces to combat the environmental impact of urbanization.


7. Generate Financing for Restoration
Investments in nature-based solutions need to double by 2030. Governments can fund land restoration and early warning systems for drought. The private sector can integrate restoration into business models and invest in green technologies. Individuals can support sustainable enterprises and innovations.

By taking action today, we can significantly impact our environment and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.


Article By Suzy Nyongesa.


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