Lines in the Sand - UK Youth for Nature

UK Youth for Nature draws a line in the sand over biodiversity loss

(image: UK Youth for Nature)
(image: UK Youth for Nature)

On the 23rd of March 2022 UK Youth for Nature partnered with Sand in Your Eye to create a 50 meter drawing on Scarborough beach representing biodiversity in Britain. We’ve chosen four biologically significant species that have been drawn together to represent the amazing species we have here in Britain. Sadly, we’ve become one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. Our small, highly managed islands have pushed wildlife to the fringes of human development. UK Youth for Nature is fighting to turn this around before it is too late.

The loss of nature in the UK is part of much wider, global declines. While the sand drawing is being created on the beach in Scarborough, in Switzerland young people are gathering alongside government negotiators, meeting to discuss a 2030 global deal on nature.

This new deal will set global goals to stop the loss of biodiversity and habitats. The 2020 goals that the world set were all missed. Young people have no doubt that world leaders will make impressive promises in Geneva, and later this year at the conference in China where the deal will be concluded.

Nature underpins global food production, can protect people from the impacts of climate change, stores huge amounts of carbon, and brings joy and income to millions of people worldwide. But the key is to: make the restoration of nature a priority for public finance; set rules that will shift trillions of global private finance to be nature friendly; implement actions on the ground to restore nature; enforce these goals; report on progress.

The UK is one of the world’s richest countries financially, but we’re one of the poorest for nature. We should halt its loss by 2025. Globally, the destruction of nature must be stopped, and reversed by 2030.

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Posted On: 24/03/2022

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