Life on land

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Our forests are the lungs of the earth. We’re cutting down fewer trees today than we have in the past, but it’s still having a devastating effect on people, animals and our climate too.

Mountains and coasts are also under threat because land there is being exploited – causing droughts and floods which in turn lead to food and water shortages.

This goal is about looking after the land we live on, as well as the plants and animals who call those places home. Not just because we should preserve the natural beauty and diversity of our planet, but because as humans we rely on the natural world for our very survival.

Rose: Changing the law – and protecting the planet

Some would say Dr. Rose Mukankomeje is a force of nature. Winning a UN award for her Rwandan forest conservation work and championing a ban on plastic bags so strong people from neighbouring countries cannot bring theirs in, she's certainly a power for good when it comes to protecting the planet

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World leaders have agreed to 17 Global Goals that would mean a better life for all of us. The Goals are a plan to build a world where children don't go to bed hungry, where girls get the same opportunity to thrive as boys, and where people don't die of preventable diseases. It's one of the most incredible to-do lists ever written - but now we need to turn words into action.

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

Nelson Mandela

Mandela's words represent what it means to be a ONE member and at the birth of these ambitious new goals, we will not rest until they are achieved. Stand with more than 9 million others and in Mandela's honour - pledge to use your voice. We know it has power to change lives and bring about a better world for all of us, as ONE.