Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf
SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. A very long description and to many incomprehensible. “Don’t we already have the climate action SDG? Why do we need another?”
All of the Sustainable Development Goals were crafted with precision and lots of deliberation. None of them are pointless and every one of them is battling a huge issue.
Did you know that around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood? Or that of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 per cent are extinct and 22 per cent are at risk of extinction? And that due to drought and desertification each year 12 million hectares are lost (23 hectares per minute), where 20 million tons of grain could have been grown? These are all facts displayed on the UN website. As you can see Life on Land has a huge importance to the well being of our world and something has to be done to preserve it.
Our world is evolving, technologies advancing and people want more and more. But our land suffers. While industrialisation is important for economic growth and for the well-being of the society, it often has disastrous effects on the environment like air emissions, wastewater, land pollution etc.
Because companies need materials on such a large scale, it is of vital importance that they make sure their industry isn’t destroying our planet. Many companies have already adapted to making sure, minimal harm is being done to the planet. Unilever, for example, has vowed to sustainably source palm oil, an ingredient which is notorious for being linked to deforestation.
“Unilever met its target to source 100% of it from sustainable sources and now aims to have full traceability to sources certified as sustainable by 2020.” That is impressive and hopefully more companies will jump on board and make sure their resources are not destroying our earth.
Finally, there is another big problem. Us. The consumers. We often go through supermarkets, trying to find the cheapest items so as not to spend too much of our hard earned money. And there is nothing wrong with that. After all, we work hard and we want to treat ourselves. But is it really worth it to be able to buy that extra pair of jeans or flashy phone case, if our planet is being destroyed? When shopping for food, instead make sure to look for signs that it was recovered from sustainable farming, like the Fair Trade logo.
“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” – Wangari Maathai
Most of us will never witness our planet returning to its former glory. There has been so much damage done to it and it would take immediate action from everyone, and still it would be years before we would see any improvements. But it is a step that has to be taken. We have to make sure that the planet that is supporting us and nourishing us, isn’t destroyed because of our greed.
Stand up for SDG 15. Are you doing your part?