We believe in creating a world with sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally. Environmental sustainability encompasses a large number of areas, including biodiversity, oceans and water, forests, land, natural resources, global warming, air pollution, ecosystem management, disasters, chemicals, waste, and more. Clearly, the environment global grand challenge is closely linked to other GGCs including food, energy, prosperity, water, health, and disaster resilience.
According to the World Resource Institute, more than 30 percent of the world’s forests have been cleared, another 20 percent have been logged and identiﬁed as downgraded, and much of the rest has been fragmented—only about 15 percent of the world’s forests are left intact. National Geographic notes that half of deforestation is due to farming, livestock grazing, mining, and drilling. According to the UN SDGs,more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods and ecosystems as a whole are linked to $125 trillion in human livelihoods and well-being per year. Furthermore, the World Wildlife Fund says that forests are home to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and are critical to mitigating climate change and supporting other ecosystems.
Similarly, the World Wildlife Fund notes that oceans contain the greatest diversity of species on the planet, feed more than one billion people per year, and are also critical to mitigating climate change and supporting other ecosystems. The UN SDGs note that more than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Oceans are facing overﬁshing, warming and acidiﬁcation, the loss of coral reefs, and pollution, especially by plastics.
Climate change is also a critical threat to humanity. According to NASA,rising temperatures due to human activity are simultaneously melting ice caps—resulting in rising ocean levels that threaten societies—and creating heat waves, droughts, ﬂoods, and other
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In addition, innovations in the food industry like cultured meat, and energy industries like renewables, are promising given that environmental destruction, pollution, and global warming are largely caused by these two sectors.
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