“Humanity is now facing a gigantic wave,” said Toledo. “We are drowning in plastic pollution, the climate is changing, and we are losing animal species at a dramatic rate. This is a wave we need to take head-on.”
“The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is our moment to revive all ecosystems – from the peaks of mountains to the bottom of the ocean. Many sports occur in Nature, some with a bigger footprint on nature than others. It’s why the sport industry can play an incredible role in building a Generation Restoration. World Surf League has shown that a love for sports today can drive action for a sustainable tomorrow. We are looking forward to riding the wave of restoration for people and nature – together” – Natalia Alekseeva, Coordinator UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The Virtual Announcement Gala will be streamed live on Dec 13, 2022, at 3am HST, 5:00 a.m. PT, 8:00 a.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. BRT, 1:00 p.m. GMT, 12:00 a.m. AEDT (Dec 14). To access the viewing platform, please register on decadeonrestoration.org.
To learn more about the WSL’s We Are One Ocean initiatives and impact, check out the 2022 WAOO summary report. For more information, please visit weareoneocean.org.