In 2021 the United Nations recognized 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.
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.
From climate breakdown to species going extinct, humankind’s effects on our world can seem so huge, it’s easy to feel like there’s no hope of making a difference. But if we’re all a small part of the problem, we can all be part of the solution too. The first step is to look at our own impact.
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