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Why Is It Necessary To Promote Life On Land?

A thriving plant life on land is the basic foundation for sustainable life on the planet. Human and all living life depends on earth’s wellbeing and the sustenance of our oceans. Moreover, plants are involved 80% in our daily diet and humans while forests cover 30% of Earth’s surface and provide vital habitats for millions of species and wildlife animals while providing important sources such as clean air and water that are all crucial for our climate. From the air we breathe in, the water we drink, the food we eat, forests sustain us. 

Mark Stebnicki / Pexels | More than 50% of all the forest area on our planet is in just five countries

Over 1.6 billion lives depend on forests for their livelihood, and almost 75 percent of the world’s poor are affected by land degradation. While humans are the main part of the ecosystem, they have also caused severe damage to the earth and the climate by deforestation, loss of natural habitats, land degradation, and pollution. To protect and restore all these lands for our future generations, it is necessary to promote sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserve biodiversity.

Quang Nguyen Vinh/ Pexels | Sustainability is about survival

How the farmers promote life on land 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has built the Sustainable and Development Goal (SDG) that aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable and eco-friendly use of terrestrial ecosystems. Reports have suggested that about 80% of our agricultural land has been a victim of degradation. The issue of degradation is more severe in Africa than in any other continent. This is because the livelihoods in the regions of Africa are highly dependent on natural resources such as forests and agricultural products. Agricultural land, forests, and woodland have been increasingly cleared off with the increasing human population. 

Numerous other small projects such as Save Our Environment Foundation and Climate Smart Agriculture have been initiated to promote sustainable land management practices such as soil fertility improvement techniques. These techniques include composting, mulching, crop residue management, and shifting cultivation. Other interventions also include crop rotation, manure management, organic fertilizers, and household composting. 

Luis del Río/ Pexels | Forests covered over 10 billion acres or 31% of the Earth’s landmass in 2020

Promoting land online

Recently two young lads from Scotland sold their farm through their Instagram with more than 3,000 followers. Karatina Macarther, aged 25, shared details of her life and her family on their 100-acre farm in Nairn, near Inverness.

They shared their “young farmer problems” and insights into their home and stocks. They acknowledge high maintenance of the land and non-economic profits. Still, they also emphasize that their story and weekly updates of the farm attracted attention, and people have now started discussing the importance of protecting and preserving the land.

Preservation helps to protect the environment from harmful human activities with the increasing demand for exploited resources while conversing the land through the responsible use of natural resources. While conversing such open spaces can provide habitats for native plants and animals, it can also help to enhance the ecosystem services and protect unique geological features. 

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