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Time to make peace with nature on World Environment Day

There are growing efforts around the world to start restoring damaged environments

Indonesians planting mangrove saplings in West Java province. Mangroves protect coastlines from erosion and rising sea levels. They are also vital fish nurseries and soak up large amounts of CO2, making them a great natural climate solution.
Indonesians planting mangrove saplings in West Java province. Mangroves protect coastlines from erosion and rising sea levels. They are also vital fish nurseries and soak up large amounts of CO2, making them a great natural climate solution.PHOTO: REUTERS

Across the globe, nature is in pretty bad shape.

Decades of rapid economic growth have lifted millions of people out of poverty and boosted living standards but at an immense cost to the environment. Polluted air, dammed and fouled rivers, plastic waste choking waterways and the oceans, forests cleared for cattle and crops.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2021, with the headline 'Time to make peace with nature on World Environment Day'. Subscribe