Today, the imbalances between satisfying human needs and nature conservation have reached an alarming level. Despite its wide presence in public debate, global warming is not the only consequence of these imbalances. The destruction of many sensitive ecosystems and the depletion of biodiversity are also direct consequences of our activities and pose major risks on many populations whose life quality and even survival directly depend on services rendered by nature.
Increase institutional and private commitment
On both private and institutional levels, it is critical to respond to the dangers the planet and all living beings are facing. The protection of fragile ecosystems, the reestablishment of their balance and the termination of biodiversity depletion must become essential goals, implemented in our actions, in corporations and governments.
By 2050, if nothing is done in that matter, half of mature forests’ surface is doomed to disappear. Demographic growth in some geographical areas like Africa induce the increase of the pressures on the environment to satisfy human needs. In the absence of a balanced approach, those pressures pose a tremendous risk on natural ecosystems.
The future of humanity therefore lies on its capacity to balance its development needs and the respect of nature; but public policies remain to this day insufficient. Despite the ambitions of COP21 with the signature of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and despite the Sustainable Development goals, the Governments and private actors’ commitment remains too weak. The specialists’ forecasts, including WWF in its 2016 Living Planet report, are pessimistic and demand that awareness is raised and behaviours are quickly shifted.
Bring individual behavioural change through education
An individual awareness, in each human being, constitutes the major part of the response to the issues of nature conservation and preservation. This individual consciousness may and will certainly have consequences on individual behaviours, but also at a community, company and government level.
Therefore, the goals of the EduConservation project are to alert the youth to the necessity to reduce human impacts throughout educational material, including digital platforms, games and social media, to educate young girls and boys and thus influence the actions of society towards conserving the ecosystems and biodiversity.