UN SDG Action Campaign | To care for our communities we must care for nature

The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Biodiversity underpins economic prosperity. For example, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. And also more than half of global GDP–the equivalent of roughly US$44 trillion–is moderately or highly dependent on nature. Of those living in poverty, more than 70 per cent depends, at least in part, on natural resources to earn their livelihoods, whether through farming, fishing, forestry or other nature-based activities.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, are interconnected and interdependent: progress on one enhances progress toward the others; and biodiversity is critical to all of them.

This year, the World Environment Day focus is biodiversity — a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa — and now, a global disease pandemic — demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.

How to act

1. Travel to some of the places most affected by the loss of biodiversity and the climate emergency through the eyes of #MYWorld360 creators:

Moma’e jarã kõ jikuwaê’ã kõ (The Owners We Can’t See)

The Wajãpi are native people who live in the forests of Amapá located in the northeast of the Amazon in Brazil. Moma’e jarã kõ jikuwaê’ã kõ (The owners we can’t see) is about the Wajãpi’s cosmovision. With great respect, the Wajãpi can see nature’s spirituality and understand their actions have a direct correlation with the metaphysical world. Nature is a complete life being, understood to be the true owner of every living being. There is no sustainable development without respect of the owners.

“Some say we give people a voice. I don’t believe that. They already have their voice, we just need to amplify them.”

This piece was created by Kauri Waiãpi, Motã Waiãpi, Kuripiri Waiãpi, Aikyry Waiãpi, Evilázio Ribas, Rafael Romão at Pedra Branca do Amapari in partnership with Recode, Amapá, Brazil. Check out music by Kauri Wajãpi (stage name — KauriW), one of the video’s creators. KauriW is also a student of Wajãpi music and creates his own lyrics mixing Wajãpi traditions with other Brazilian genres.

Polar Warning

Arctic ecosystems and communities are at risk due to continued warming and declining sea ice. Feel the impact of global warming in this immersive simulation. In the face of melting glaciers, how will we survive? Experience the effect of our human imprint on the environment and feel the impact of our relationship with the world. This piece was created by Tanya Makker, Constantina Tsiara, Lydia Kontozoglou, Luisa Caldas at XR Lab, CED, UC Berkeley, California

2. Create and share your views

We can all be more than just consumers of media, and the power of sharing personal stories is now greater than ever and has an incredible power to bring the global community closer together. Capture actions that are making a difference in your community and help us shape a common vision of a post-pandemic world that meets the Sustainable Development Goals. Use any type of media mix — from combining pen and paper with an audio recording, to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or 3D design — that make a story immersive and connect with creators in other parts of the world to harness the universal creativity and solidarity. Submit media

3. Continue learning about environmental issues, find more ways to take action and generate a butterfly effect #ForNature


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Source: UN SDG Action Campaign via Medium, 05 June 2020