From forests to peatlands to coasts, we all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival. Ecosystems are defined as the interaction between living organisms- plants, animals, people- with their surroundings. This includes nature, but also human- made systems such as cities or farms.

We are losing and destroying the foundations of our survival at an alarming rate. Over 4.7 million hectares of forests- an area larger than Denmark- are lost every year. That’s one football pitch every three seconds. Over half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared in the last century.

Ecosystems loss is depriving the world of carbon sinks, like forests and peatlands, at a time humanity can least afford it. Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown for three consecutive years and the planet is one pace for potentially catastrophic climate change.

The emergence of COVID-19 has also shown just how disastrous the consequences of ecosystem loss can be. By shrinking the area of natural habitat for animals, we have created ideal conditions for pathogens – including coronaviruses – to spread.

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