More about Objective 4.0
We can cut 7 gigatons from the globe’s greenhouse gas emissions by ending deforestation, halting destructive fishing practices, and protecting more of our land and seas.
Restoring nature means setting aggressive but practical goals to protect 30 percent of the world’s forests, oceans, and lands by 2030, and 50 percent by 2050.
Dangerous feedback loops lend these efforts added urgency. Elevated concentrations of atmospheric carbon result in higher ambient temperatures, which in turn suck water from forests. The dry heat ignites wildfires, which throw stored carbon into the atmosphere, which drives temperatures still higher.
This feedback loop needs to be switched off in a hurry. If it gets stuck on repeat, and we fail to eliminate or at minimum contain the sources of emissions, we’ll be staring at a runaway planetary disaster.
To preserve an inhabitable Earth, we must stabilize the carbon cycle through global protection efforts.