🇺🇳 World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought

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“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein 

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A wise investment in land supports you and your future. Your choices determine future scenarios for sustainable growth. The 2018 World Day to Combat Desertification (#2018WDCD) urges you to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land under the slogan, “Land has true value – invest in it.”

We often use land as if it were a limitless resource, ignoring its role in our everyday lives. This negligence threatens food and water supply, biodiversity and even human security itself. Short-sighted economic gains such as land grabbing, unplanned urban sprawl, 2018WDCD_posterunsustainable agriculture and over-consumption lead to unsustainable land use, which eventually causes degradation and loss of critical ecosystem services. As a result, consumption of the Earth´s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet´s land already severely degraded.

By turning land degradation into land restoration, we can realize the land´s full potential. Healthy and productive land can bring not only environmental, but also significant economic gains. For example, case studies from the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (2015) indicate that:

The annual loss of 75 billon tons of soil from arable land leads a missing opportunity for economic benefits of USD 400 billion per year globally
Taking action against soil erosion over 105 million hectares would save up to USD 62.4 billion in net present value over the next 15 years
Enhancing carbon stocks through agricultural soils alone can create potential value on the carbon market from USD 96-480 billion annually
Sustainable land management (SLM) is a wise investment for economic growth that does not compromise resilient livelihoods. It is key to safeguarding and managing the quality of the land by balancing its biological and economic potential. Moreover, land can play a vital role in linking multiple Sustainable Development Goals by harnessing synergies while minimizing potential conflicts and trade-offs. SLM can give tremendous momentum to positive change. By safeguarding life on land, we deliver for all life on Earth.

This is the true value of land.

Every one of us has a role to play. Farmers can invest in smart agriculture that leads to higher yields despite a reduction in inputs like pesticides. Policy makers and land managers can support bio-economy by investing in new SLM technologies and processes. Consumers can spend their money on organic and fairly traded products to avoid land degradation. There are many more ways to invest in land wisely.

We can all contribute to and benefit from investing in SLM – whether we act as consumers, producers, corporations, or governments. Changes in behavior and adoption of more efficient planning and practices can guarantee that sufficient land resources are available long-term to meet our ambitions for and to provide sustainable livelihoods.

The choice is ours. Know the true value of land and invest in it. Read more Here

Article Posted June 16, 2018 by Terry.K

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🇺🇳 Messengers of Humanity

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“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.” ~ Princess Diana

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What is a Messenger of Humanity?

20293051_1868848536700675_4253666035114575987_nMessengers of Humanity are individuals who are committed to using their voice to affect global change. Do you want to make the world a better place? Be part of the change! Join the United Nations’ Messengers of Humanity,  They are passionate activists and bold advocates who are united in their desire to make a difference for the 130 million people caught in crisis. They understand the power of social media and know awareness is a first step to mobilizing action. 

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We are facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. 

130 million people around the world are acutely vulnerable — victims of natural disasters or conflicts. Although the number of conflicts worldwide has declined over the past two decades, more people than ever are being uprooted by violence, with a record 60 million people forcibly displaced. Your voice is needed now more than ever.

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We are asking you to become a global advocate, to take action and help make a difference in the world we live in. As part of the community you will be asked to share the latest and most important advocacy messages  with your networks. You will be encouraged to  create artwork, videos, photos and content in the name of humanity, and rally your friends and families to help spread  the word; our strength is in our numbers This community provides a platform for you to learn, to discuss issues with like-minded advocates, and to take action with other global citizens that stand up for humanity.

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You will receive the latest advocacy campaign materials from humanitarian organizations and exclusive access to content to share with your feeds. It’s then up to you to amplify these urgent calls to action within your social networks. Explore this site to begin sharing and sign up below to receive the latest updates on humanitarian crises. 

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