Greenpop, an award-winning non-profit organization based in Cape Town has been chosen as an official support partner for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Their collaborative mission is essentially simple: we have 10 years to restore the planet’s ecosystems.
The UN decade is a “global rallying cry to heal our planet” according to the UN environment programme. The ‘decade’ portion of the campaign’s name is perhaps the most frightening part of the current environmental crisis in the world. As humans, we often think that we have ample time to get things in order, and so we procrastinate. However, the famous saying of the Buddha holds true. “The trouble is, you think you have time.”
We have only 10 more years to restore the planet, according to the organization.
The good news though, is that partnerships with organizations like Greenpop who have continuously put in the work and grown their eco-efforts, do provide a breath of hope for the world.
Greenpop was founded in 2010 and is currently headquartered in Cape Town.
Their goal has always been a ‘Treevolution’. This take on a revolution speaks to dreams of a world where people and nature can flourish together, simultaneously.
To date, Greenpop has planted 150 532 trees across Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, they’ve inspired over 132 000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
The trees and beyond: Some of their other programmes include:
- Forest Restoration
- Urban Greening
- Food Gardening and
- Environmental Awareness
Because of their efforts, the UN saw them as an ideal candidate to join their Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
What is Ecosystem restoration?
As per Greenpop, Ecosystem restoration is the assistance in the “recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed.” It’s also a collective term for efforts toward ecosystem conservation intertwined with restoration. The conservation and restoration refer to all kinds of ecosystems, including man-made ones. So essentially, the landscape of the scope includes forests, farmlands, cities, wetlands and oceans too.
The UN Decade
The aim of the Decade, which runs from 2021 to 2030, is to “prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide,” according to the UN environment programme.
The Decade is also focused on inspiring people, from communities and organizations to individual humans. Inspire, how? Well, to take an interest in the inarguable benefits of restoring and conserving various ecosystems. They aim to collaborate and develop the necessary skillsets for these kinds of initiatives.
The Decade is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
“As a Supporting Partner, Greenpop will be assisting with the promotion of the Decade’s key activities and priorities, as well as reporting our restoration KPI’s where it supports the goals of the Decade,” Greenpop announced.