Food We Eat
Everything we eat comes from nature. But people are placing immense pressure on the planet. The global population, already over 7 billion, is growing by roughly 83 million people every year. Feeding the planet while conserving the environment that underpins food production is one of our greatest challenges.
Water We Drink
The average person can go for three weeks without food, but only three days without water. Yet less than 1% of the fresh water on Earth is readily accessible for human use. We have to use what we have responsibly. And we must protect the natural places, like forests and wetlands, that store, filter and supply clean water for everyone on the planet.
Carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases occur naturally, trapping heat in the atmosphere and keeping Earth’s climate stable. But human activities over the last few centuries have released greenhouse gases at levels that are destabilizing the climate. In 2013, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million — the highest they’ve been in 3 million years.
Jobs and Prosperity
Nature is the foundation of every economy on Earth. In the developing world, forest resources often account for 20-40% of a family’s annual income, and more than 60% of the world’s working poor are employed in the agricultural sector. In many communities, ecotourism is an important economic opportunity.