EarthCorps salutes new UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

By Sara Davis, EarthCorps

The newly declared UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems around the world.

Declaring a decade for ecosystem restoration amplifies the public’s demand that climate change and it’s devastating effects must be at the top of national agendas, and that restoration is a proven measure to fight climate change and enhance food security, water supply, and biodiversity.

For more than 25 years EarthCorps has helped to restore the lands and waters of Puget Sound, while also creating a global community of young leaders trained in restoration.

Removing invasive plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry that infest Puget Sound’s parks and natural areas is important because many of the trees in our urban parks are at the end of their lifespan. As these trees die, invasive plants prevent the next generation of trees from growing, leaving us at risk of losing the many benefits our forests provide.

Wetland restoration also has significant potential to mitigate the effects of climate change, all while improving fish and wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and increasing erosion control. Watch our Blue Carbon film to learn more about the importance of wetland restoration.

Our EarthCorps community should feel tremendous pride that we helped seed the restoration movement here in the Puget Sound region.

Thanks to our supporters, more than 1,250 emerging environmental leaders have gained hands-on restoration experience through our program and are working in nearly 80 countries across the globe.

As this new UN Decade implies, we are part of something bigger.

Your support of emerging environmental leaders who care for parks and rivers here in Puget Sound and in places across the globe ties directly to the health of the entire planet. Thank you for believing, as we do, that we must care for each other and work together, with hope and determination, to ensure our collective future.

Join this global effort by volunteering at a local restoration event or supporting our environmental leadership program