Protecting Earth from the effects of climate change does not just mean protecting human systems. As of 2021, more than a quarter of species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list are at risk of becoming extinct, while the world has lost 100 million hectares of forest in the past 20 years.
We need good, accurate data on land use and the impact of this usage to be able to combat the destruction of fragile ecosystems. Being able to understand and quantify the true cost of human action will help mitigate and reverse the unsustainable use of land and resources.
We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.
— Wangari Maathai, activist