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Creating a Planetary Safety Net

We are facing a planetary emergency. We have already lost two-thirds of biodiversity in just 50 years, and we are on track to see a million species go extinct by 2050. One out of every four hectares of our land is degraded. We have fewer than 55 years to rebuild our soils - the foundation of our food system. We must protect and restore the earth’s ecosystems, and transform how we produce food and fiber - we must create a planetary safety net - for the future of humanity and for earth itself.

                          #NatureNow

   #ForNature  #GenerationRestoration

   #SustainableProduction

   #PlantBased   #Regenerative

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#NatureNow is a hashtag drawing attention to the need to protect, conserve and restore nature now, to reverse biodiversity loss, secure essential life support systems and services, and to ensure we reach our global climate and development goals.
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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (IPBES) periodically publishes reports related to biodiversity, including its flagship Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, as well as assessments of land degradation and restoration, pollination, sustainable use of wild species and more. Numerous environmental organizations advocate for action on nature protection, including The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the Wyss Campaign for Nature, the Bezos Earth Fund and many others. The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People includes more than 100 countries who support protecting at least 30% of the planet. The Leaders Pledge for Nature represents political leaders committed to reversing biodiversity loss by 2030.
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Ways you can join the conversation on protecting and conserving nature include:
  • Celebrate and share local initiatives near you that work toward protecting and restoring nature.
  • Ask you government what it is doing to protect and restore nature.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #NatureNow.
  • Take part in The Race is On’s Voice for the Planet initiative.

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#ForNature is a hashtag that highlights the role that nature can play in sustainable development, and the partnerships that are required to achieve ambitious goals on nature.
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The Convention on Biological Diversity is advancing a Global Biodiversity Framework that is transformational for nature, described as the “Paris Agreement for Nature.” The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement aimed at ensuring that international trade of wild plants and animals does not threaten the survival of species. The United Nations Environment Programme advocates for nature, and recently held an ‘Act #ForNature Forum.’ The United Nations Development Programme advocates for nature as a strategy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, a network of more than 1,400 member organizations, advocates broadly for nature, including by providing guidance and policy frameworks to practitioners.
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Ways you can join the conversation on nature include:

#ForNature

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Restoration

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#GenerationRestoration is a hashtag that highlights the need to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. More than one out of every four hectares is degraded, and over 3 billion people face the consequences of land degradation.
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The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is an initiative aimed to catalyze efforts on ecosystem restoration worldwide. The Global Restoration Initiative is a partnership between the World Resources Institute, governments, businesses and communities to restore millions of hectares. Large scale efforts such as the Great Green Wall are starting to have a continent-wide impact. Countries like Nepal have made major advances in forest restoration. 1 Trillion Trees is an organization that aims to millions of hectares of forest, and one trillion trees, as part of the World Economic Forum’s support to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. A recent World Bank report highlights challenges and opportunities in scaling up finance for ecosystem restoration.
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Ways you can join the conversation on ecosystem restoration include:

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#SustainableProduction is a hashtag that highlights the reality that the production, consumption and overharvesting of goods and materials, especially food and forest products, drives deforestation and the loss of biodiversity around the world. In fact, just four products - beef, soy, palm oil and timber - are responsible for the vast majority of deforestation. 
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There are numerous schemes for ensuring that personal purchases do not contribute to deforestation or over-harvesting. Examples of credible certification schemes include the Forest Stewardship Council for forest products, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for palm oil, the Marine Stewardship Council for fisheries, and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements for organic produce, among others. A key element of sustainable production and consumption is an assurance that a product is not contributing to deforestation. Although hundreds of corporations have committed to deforestation-free supply chains, a recent study by CDP shows that only a third have public no-deforestation policies, and three out of four have insufficient monitoring systems to assess progress.
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Ways you can join the conversation on sustainable production  include:
  • Take an on-line course on sustainable production and consumption or on sustainable commodity supply chains, and share what you learn.
  • Look for and purchase products that are certified by reliable certification schemes.
  • Support corporations who include certified sustainable material in their supply chains.
  • Tag your favorite brand and ask how it is doing on its deforestation-free commitments.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #SustainableProduction.

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Production

#Plant
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#PlantBased is a hashtag that draws attention to the single most important step that consumers can take to lower the impact of their food choices and decrease their carbon footprint - incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets.
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Numerous organizations are advocating for increasing plant-based alternatives and shifting global diets toward less meat and more plants. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, for example, produced guiding principles to sustainable health diets. The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet and Health produced a report on “Food in the Anthropocene” that calls for a more sustainable food system. The Food and Land Use Coalition identifies plant-based diets as part of ten essential transformations in our food systems. Many corporations are developing meat, dairy and seafood alternatives, and these plant-based foods continue to gain popularity worldwide.
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Ways you can join the conversation on plant-based diets include:
  • Join the Veganuary and Meatless Monday campaigns, or start your own tradition for increasing plant-based foods.
  • Support your favorite restaurant that offers plant-based meals, and celebrate them on social media.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #PlantBased foods.

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#Regenerative is a hashtag that highlights the need to transition from current agricultural practices, which use about 2 million tons of pesticides annually, to agricultural practices that restore the regenerative capacity of soils and ecosystems to be productive.
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Numerous organizations are promoting regenerative agricultural practices. Regeneration International provides a one-stop shop for information on regenerative practices, including aquaculture, agroecology, agroforestry, silvopasture and more. Many corporations are also promoting regenerative agriculture. For example, Kellogg’s helps farmers implement regenerative agricultural practices, Danone has developed regenerative agricultural models, and Unilever has adopted regenerative agriculture principles for their sourcing practices.
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Ways you can join the conversation on regenerative practices include:
  • Explore how food, agriculture and land use can be part of our climate solution through the interactive site Project Drawdown and share what you learn.
  • Support companies who have published commitments to supporting regenerative agricultural practices.
  • Tag your favorite brand and ask what it is doing to promote regenerative agriculture.
  • Take an online course on regenerative agriculture by Kiss the Ground and share what you’ve learned.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #Regenerative agriculture.

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