In October, the global population surpassed 7 billion. It is expected to reach 9 billion by mid-century. Pressure on the earth’s natural resources is mounting.
In response, we need to increase the urgency in finding real and lasting solutions to create a more sustainable planet.
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Increasingly frequent extreme weather events, record annual global average temperatures and disruptive seasonal changes all provide growing evidence of anthropogenic climate change. The fossil fuel-based growth trajectory of the last century is no longer sustainable or economically viable. The world’s nations, businesses, and citizens must fundamentally rethink current energy policies, practices, and actions.
The world’s forests cover 31% of land area on earth. Forests sequester carbon, provide food, shelter, water purification, wood products and many other essential services. To keep forests healthy, we must protect intact forest landscapes, manage working forests more effectively, and restore deforested lands.
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Water is the world’s most precious resource. Water supplies and aquatic ecosystems are increasingly at risk, owing to more frequent and severe drought conditions, growing fresh water demand, and pollution from nutrients and other sources.