“Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.” – Greta Thunberg
Ecological restoration is a hugely important tool for addressing and reversing climate disruption caused by the poor management of resources. It offsets climate change by increasing carbon storage in soils and vegetation, and can influence the Earth's reflectivity, which can have significant regional effects.
All restoration contributes incrementally to the support of the biosphere, including combating anthropogenic climate change caused by runaway greenhouse gas emissions. Every restoration practitioner is part of a global restoration movement which combats climate change, even though restoration projects are necessarily "local." Every contribution counts.
In October 2012, 174 nations signed a resolution to restore 15% of the world’s degraded ecosystems by the year 2020. This declaration alone unites restoration practitioners, bringing them under one big canopy. But many more practitioners — and restoration at a much larger scale — will be needed to fulﬁl its aims, and in doing so, significantly contribute to slowing or reversing the climate disaster.
The EcoHealth Network and all of its members will continue to provide and foster a sound conceptual and scientifically informed basis for this remarkable world-wide initiative. A restorative culture will put people and the Earth on a path to healing.