A message from Jenny Choo, Coordinator of the Land for Life Programme


World Day to Combat Desertification: “Our Land. Our Home. Our Future.

The World Day to Combat Desertification is the day to remind everyone of the importance of healthy and productive land for secure, stable and sustainable future. This year under the slogan “Our Land. Our Home. Our Future.”, we celebrate the power the land holds in giving people an opportunity and a future to stay resilient on their home ground.

We are pleased to inform you about the 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification Online Campaign. The campaign calls upon the UNCCD partners, CSOs, governmental stakeholders and the public to support restoring degraded lands and promoting productive and healthy land. Your support plays a central role in turning the growing sense of hopelessness over desertification into a hope for stable, secure and sustainable future. 

The land is our home, our future! 

What can you do?

You can take part in one or more of the following:

Here are some suggested messages that could be posted for your Twitter, Facebook or Weibo:

Degraded land steals the future of those who live on it. Everyone deserves a future. Let’s make it happen! #2017WDCD @UNCCD
When land is productive, everything else follows: jobs, opportunities & life. Restore degraded land. Help us make it happen! #2017WDCD @UNCCD
土地退化偷取人类的生机及未来。 每个人都应拥有生计的权力。让我们共同创造绿色未来,让更多人享有生计的机会! #2017WDCD @UNCCD

Here are some materials you can use for the 2017WDCD celebration:
Post cards
Stickers: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian 
Social media visual aides: Fight or Flight , Productive Land, Our Land. Our Home. Our Future

You are also welcomed to translate the message to your own languages.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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