“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein
Nature has tremendous value for us. It is an indispensable foundation for life. Nature is also linked to economy, education, recreation, society, and science, either directly or indirectly. Forest, soil and water, are important components of nature. All of these components are significant in their own way. Forests are home to more than 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
Unfortunately, humans are causing life on Earth to vanish mainly by the overconsumption and exploitation of natural resources, and environmental waste. This has affected wildlife, ecosystems, weather patterns, and even the air we breathe. Environmental degradation is a global phenomenon.
Did you know that the world has already lost 80% of its forests?
Why is restoring nature important?
It is expected that by 2050, 95% of the planet Earth will be degraded, making this quite an alarming situation for all of us.
Restoration of nature is just one comprehensive solution to address our current challenge, be it water pollution and or deforestation. When we succeed in restoring nature, our forests, water supply, and other elements of our environment, the planet will automatically replenish and heal itself. With the healing of the planet comes enhanced food security, improved air, water quality, making us all a more resilient species. There are many examples but one that stands out is officially adding the Monarch Butterfly to the Endangered Species Act and each one of us planting a little milkweed.
We need to be aware that our collective survival depends on what we do NOW, not in the year 2050. Active restoration of nature includes both small community and large-scale efforts.
No one effort is ever too small!
Michael T. Thomas