Almost all of our economic activity relies on nature. If we don’t tackle the nature loss crisis, we risk huge disruption to the world’s economies and harm to the lives and livelihoods of many millions.
And the threat is growing, as shown by the latest WEF Global Risk Report. For the first time, its 2020 report found that the top five risks facing the world in the coming year were all linked to the environment. They included biodiversity loss, climate change and extreme weather events.
The cost of business as usual
If the world carries on with business as usual rather than protecting our natural assets, the impact on the key services provided by nature – from carbon storage to crop pollination - will cost $10 trillion cumulatively by 2050.
In contrast, we would see substantial economic gains ($US 230 billion by 2050) if we focused instead on sustainable development that helped to protect and restore nature.
0.67% of global GDP
Pollinators mean business
Pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies are estimated to be responsible for between US$235 and US$577 billion worth of crops every year. Three out of four crops producing fruit or seeds for human food depend on pollinators. Unfortunately, they are in decline in some regions of the world due to climate change, habitat loss, and the spread of disease and pests.
Three out of four crops producing fruit or seeds for human food depend on pollinators. Unfortunately, they are in decline in some regions of the world due to climate change, habitat loss, and the spread of disease and pests.
What can you do?
Humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife populations but also on human health and all aspects of our lives.
Thousands of species of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms are used for food. A vast range of others are essential to food production – ranging from pollinators that enable crop reproduction to microorganisms that enrich soils.
A wide variety of thinkers and practitioners from around the world to share their unique views on how, as a global community, we could build a resilient and healthy planet for people and nature in a post COVID-19 world.