But what does it mean? Put simply, nature positive means halting and reversing nature loss to ensure there is more nature in the world in 2030 than there was in 2020, and continued recovery after that.
This attention on nature is welcome and much needed. Humanity has, for the most part, disregarded its impact on the natural world. We have drilled, farmed, logged and trawled without paying much attention to the costs to nature. This has created a false economy, one that has been growing, while nature and its contributions to people have been declining. Despite the world’s GDP being dependent on nature, we have taken it for granted and plunged our planet into the red. Current rates of production and consumption are so unsustainable that by August 2 this year, human activities had already used up, opens new tab the total amount of natural resources that the Earth can regenerate this year.