Environment

Developing sustainable and affordable energy sources; combating climate change; conserving habitats and species; and promoting responsible consumption

Why it matters

  • Energy use remains the biggest cause of climate change, responsible for about 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • By 2030, almost 60% of people will live in cities, putting further pressure on water supplies and infrastructure.
  • It's thought a third of the world's food – equivalent to 1.3bn tonnes each year – ends up rotting due to poor harvesting and transportation.
  • By 2050, our growing population means we would need almost three planets to sustain our current lifestyles.
  • Of the 8,300 known animal types, 8% are extinct and 22% are at risk of extinction.

Global Visionaries focused on Environment:

This theme includes the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:


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