It is increasingly recognised that faith leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) are essential contributors towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing environmental and climatic crises. Acknowledging this, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Faith for Earth Initiative to strategically engage with FBOs, mobilise greater faith-inspired environmental action, scale-up faith actors’ capacities and catalyse greater synergies between them and other stakeholders. This short, self-paced, e-learning course, focusing on ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation, forms part of this commitment.
Healthy, stable and biodiverse ecosystems are the foundation for the well-being of humans and all other species. Ecosystem services provide an abundance of invaluable material and immaterial benefits to humans. Despite this, terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems have deteriorated at an alarming rate due to human activity, placing the future of our species, and many other species, in danger. Addressing these global issues requires the engagement of all sectors of global society, with this coursefocusing on the role of faith actors, drawing on the particular qualities and comparative advantages they have.