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Nature-positive economy

Many groups, such as the World Economic Forum, advocate putting nature at the heart of the global financial system, and at the heart of national economies. Recent studies by the World Economic Forum show that businesses are highly dependent upon nature, and as much as $44 trillion of global GDP is at risk from biodiversity loss, primarily driven by economic activities. A nature-positive economy helps to minimize and remove the drivers of biodiversity loss from economic activity, and to protect, restore and sustainably manage nature.

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   #NaturePositiveEconomy

   #ZeroWaste

   #CircularEconomy

   #Bioeconomy

   #GreenEconomy

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#Nature
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#NaturePositive recognizes that many actions, such as consumption and production of goods, harm nature. The campaign calls for a paradigm shift in thinking about nature, where the actions of governments, businesses, communities, farmers and consumers not only do no harm, but instead help nature thrive - adding to its protection and restoration.
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Groups such as the World Economic Forum are advocating for a paradigm shift in how governments, consumers, communities, investors and businesses view nature - a shift toward “nature-positive.” A coalition of about 20 organizations have created Nature Positive, a one-stop shop for learning about nature-positive actions and making commitments. The Global Commons Alliance is an organization dedicated to fostering nature-positive actions.
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Ways you can join the conversation on nature-positive actions include:
  • Join the more than half a million people who have contributed to the Nature Positive Campaign to call for action on nature.
  • Call on governments to adopt bold goals on nature-positive action.
  • Encourage your city leaders to embrace science-based targets for a net-zero, nature-positive future.
  • Join the conversation on social media by encouraging, sharing and celebrating the #NaturePositive actions of governments, communities and companies.

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#NaturePositiveEconomy is a hashtag that highlights the importance of shifting to a nature-positive economy - one that allows people, economies and the planet to thrive. This means changing some of the fundamental rules of how our global economy operates.
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 Groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature have developed a nature-positive economy road map, to support an equitable transition to a global nature-positive economy. The Food and Land Use Coalition, which promotes the transformation of food and land use systems to enable a nature-positive economy, recently published recommendations for policy makers to reset towards a new nature economy. The World Economic Forum has published a series of reports on a ‘new nature economy,’ showing pathways for businesses to be part of a nature-positive economy.
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 Ways you can join the conversation on the need to shift to a nature-positive economy include:
  • Join the nature positive campaign and make your voice heard.
  • Join the conversation on social media by asking what your government is doing to advance a #NaturePositiveEconomy.

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#Zero
Waste

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 #ZeroWaste is a hashtag that highlights the importance of minimizing and avoiding waste of all kinds - from plastic waste to food waste and more.
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If food waste were a country, it would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gasses. Of the food we produce, about 40% is wasted. Champions of 12.3 is a coalition of governments, businesses, research institutions, farmers and civil society dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 of reducing food waste by half. We produce more than 375 million tons of plastic globally. Only a fraction of this plastic is recycled. A recent report on microplastics by the United Nations Environment Programme shows an increase of microplastics in land, food, air and water.
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 Ways you can join the conversation on the need to shift to a zero-waste economy include:

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#CircularEconomy is a hashtag that highlights how our economy is based on a linear model of ‘take, make, waste’ that transforms the earth’s resources into waste, and highlights the need for a circular economy, where materials and products are designed to be reused, and where products are repaired, refurbished, reused, recycled and upcycled to avoid and eliminate waste.
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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is dedicated to helping communities, companies and governments build circular economies. Together with the UN Environment Programme, they have created the Global Commitment 2022 initiative, which tracks how 500 organizations are faring against their circular economy commitments. Natural products, such as plant-based fiber and packaging, are an important part of the circular economy.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the need to transition toward a circular economy include:
  • Explore teaching and learning resources on the circular economy and share what you discover.
  • Tag your favorite company and ask what they are doing to promote a circular economy.
  • Share how you have become part of the circular economy on social media. #CircularEconomy.

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Economy

#Bioeconomy

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#Bioeconomy is a hashtag that highlights the need to transition to an economy that is based on biodiversity and biological resources, especially for biodiversity-rich countries.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization has produced a recent report focusing on the sustainable and circular bioeconomy in the climate agenda. A new report by the World Resources Institute highlights why a bioeconomy is essential for forested countries such as Brazil. Organizations such as the European Commission offer advice and guidance on a bioeconomy, and a blue bioeconomy.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the need to support a bioeconomy include:
  • Explore hundreds of Equator Prize winners who are helping foster a bioeconomy in their communities from all over the world.
  • Meet 23 entrepreneurs who are accelerating a bioeconomy in Ecuador.
  • Join the conversation on social media by showing how you support a bioeconomy. #Bioeconomy.

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#GreenEconomy is a hashtag that highlights the need to transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive economy that reduces risk and harm to the environment.
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The United Nations Partnership on Green Economy puts sustainability at the heart of economic policy making to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The We Mean Business Coalition catalyzes business and policy action to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate an inclusive transition to a green, net-zero economy. Yale University maintains the Environmental Performance Index that ranks 180 countries using 40 performance indicators.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the need to support a bioeconomy include:
  • Take an e-learning course on how to foster a green recovery from Covid.
  • Explore the greenest countries in the world and see how your local economy could become more green.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for a #GreenEconomy.

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Economy

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