Sustainable Development Goal #15
By: Arshiya Alam
The Earth is a bountiful place with a multitude of resources for all living things to use. Unfortunately, the Earth’s resource are not unlimited. This presents many issues regarding our global ecosystems and sustainability, resulting in scarcity that can affect all living things.
We must work to truly understand the crucial importance of the environment and how to live sustainability, before these vital resources are depleted. Goal 15 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) promotes the protection of just that.
The unsustainable way in which we use our resources poses a threat to the health and longevity of terrestrial ecosystems. This may lead to even more environmental conflict. The degradation of forests, loss of biodiversity and land degradation are the key issues that are highlighted by goal 15 of the UN’s SDG.
Over 10 million hectares of forests are destroyed every year.. As a result, climate change intensifies and the risk of extinction for many species increases. Wildlife trafficking contributes greatly to the spread of infectious diseases and disrupts ecosystems, ultimately causing higher rates of extinction and a loss of biodiversity in ecosystems.
The focus of goal 15 of the SDGs is to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. Unfortunately, only one-third of 113 countries were on track to achieve the national target set by goal 15, which is to integrate biodiversity into national planning.
Some ways in which you can help contribute to preserving the earth and it’s valuable resources is through making small changes in your own life, including:
– Turning off running water when not in use
– Using natural heat to dry dishes and clothes as opposed to machines
– Minimizing paper waste
– Reducing toilet paper usage
– Taking the time to recycle items properly
– Picking up and disposing of litter in parks trails