Declared the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021 -2030 is set to be a decade dedicated to the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems. From fighting climate change to enhancing food security, water supply, and biodiversity, this massive movement aims to potentially generate $9 trillion in ecosystem services and take an additional 13 to 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere. (unenvironment.org).
This is a pretty big deal if you consider that right now the rapid loss of land and marine ecosystems effect roughly 3.2 billion people across the world and costs about 10 percent of the annual global gross domestic product in loss of species and ecosystems services.
“We have a small window of opportunity, but I believe there is every reason to be hopeful. There are many opportunities to halt land degradation and shift to a more sustainable world,”
What that means for us.
Our local ecosystem is imperative to so much more than our weekend adventures. Our springs attract visitors from across the globe making it a major factor in our local economy. According to DiscoverCrystalRiverFL, tourism alone brought $166 MILLION to Citrus County in 2018. Those visitor dollars help our local businesses, schools, public safety, and ultimately YOU a a resident.
Not to toot our own horn (Toot Toot), but Save Crystal River’s Kings Bay Restoration Project is well underway to meet this new UN goal. We are starting our 5th year of restoration and the results are speaking for themselves (Check out our Pilot Project!). We are excited to see what the next 5 years brings for our project, and what the next 10 brings for the world.
Joining the movement
Change can only begin when we make a conscious decision to commit to it. That doesn’t mean dedicating every waking moment on ecosystem restoration. There are many different opportunities to get involved, many of which include things you’re probably already doing! Advocating, volunteering, and (shameless plug time) donating are some of the major ways to help our restoration process. We are blessed to have continued support and funds from state and local government, but those are never guaranteed and can sometimes take a while to receive. Donations allow us to move faster and farther in our restoration process (which means we could get to your canal sooner that expected!)