In 2021 the United Nations recognised that everyone, everywhere has the right to live in a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. This is no longer an option for those in power but an obligation. Costa Rica added the right to a healthy environment to its constitution in 1994. Renewables now deliver 99% of its electricity; laws ban open pit mining and oil and gas development; and carbon taxes pay Indigenous Peoples and farmers to restore forests, which have since doubled in size.
WWF is a driving force behind the removal of dams in Europe. More than 6,000 obsolete dams have been removed to bring life back to rivers. Blocking rivers is one of the primary causes of collapse of freshwater species populations and removing dams is a proven solution. Despite the war, WWF-Ukraine has recently removed an obsolete dam. Restoring the river will bring back endangered species and iconic predators like the brown bear and otter as well as build resilient ecosystems.
Ever since the agricultural revolution, we have been designing increasingly clever ways to strip the world of its natural resources – usually ways that pollute, deplete and degrade the ecosystems we rely on.But today, we’re using tech around the world to repair some of the damage – with amazing results.
World leaders have a vitally important opportunity to reverse nature loss and secure a nature-positive world that will benefit people and the planet. In December 2022 at the UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), key decision-makers will determine global efforts for biodiversity for the coming decade. WWF is urging countries to step up ambition and deliver a comprehensive and science-based plan for nature that is ready to be put into practice immediately.Find out more
In the face of a planetary crisis, we can only achieve meaningful change if we work collaboratively and act globally. The Age of Change series showcases some of the organisations and innovators who are driving that change to create a future where we exist in harmony with nature.Find out more