World Environment Day 2021
On Saturday, 5th June, Connexus is joining the United Nations on World Environment Day to encourage awareness and take action to protect our planet for future generations. This year’s theme for World Environment Day focuses on Ecosystem Restoration.
Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country in which official celebrations take place. This year's host is Pakistan.
What is Ecosystem Restoration?
Ecosystem Restoration is preventing, halting, and reversing the damage that is destroying the planet’s ecosystems. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop biodiversity collapse.
World Environment Day 2021 will see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change, and avoid mass extinction. However, it will only succeed if everyone plays a part.
The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change.
At least 2 billion people depend on the agricultural sector for their livelihoods, particularly poor and rural populations. (WRI, 2019)
Street trees provide a reduction of around 0.5 to 2.0° C in summer maximum air temperatures, benefiting at least 68 million people. (MacDonald et al., 2016)
Ecosystem degradation is already affecting the well-being of at least 3.2 billion people – 40% of the world’s population. (IPBES, 2018)
Land degradation could reduce global food productivity by 12%, causing food prices to soar by up to 30% by 2040. (ELD, 2015)
Restoration through agroforestry alone has the potential to increase food security for 1.3 billion people. (Smith et al., 2019)
How Connexus is supporting
Connexus is committed to managing, lessoning, and continually improving, where practical, its environmental risks and impacts. We have a dedicated team of colleagues helping shape the environmental vision of Connexus.
- Commitment to reduce waste of any kind
- Reduce fuel poverty
- Develop a carbon-neutral approach for new homes
- Increase energy efficiency
- Warmer Homes provides a roadmap for homes to be SAP band rated C by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2050
- Committed to Environmental Sustainability in our Communities.
- Reduce our carbon footprint by 35% in 2023
- The repairs fleet has trackers which record CO2 emissions.
How can you help?
Three simple steps to start today
- Say no to single-use plastic items.
- Stop using non-biodegradable wet wipes.
- Stop food waste.
The Connexus Climate Action Team would love to hear from you! We would like to know the environmental issues in your community and how we could help improve them. You could become the next environmental champion!
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Everybody living on this planet, in this moment in time, can be a part of #GenerationRestoration