World Environment Day 2021

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

This World Environment Day, the UN are launching their new challenge – a Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. A recent report showed the impact on our global economies too.

Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people.

Here at CVA, we’ve been doing ecosystem restoration for almost four decades now. We’ve learnt that this work is about more than the physical acts that people tend to think of when they hear about restoring nature.

Last World Environment Day we couldn’t imagine being in a group of 100 people planting trees together, and this year we have hundreds of volunteers around the country doing just that. What’s possible in our futures that we can reimagine together, now? 

The best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the next best time is today.

Restoring habitat by planting trees, grasses and native flora and fauna not only helps balance ecosystems and protects wildlife, but it protects our oceans and the greater world around us. Every small action creates ripples that travel far beyond what we can observe. In fact, the greatest impact that we can make isn’t what’s unfolding before our eyes now, it’s what the planet will thank us for in the future. 

This World Environment Day we’re working with communities, businesses and partners around the country to roll up their sleeves and do their part to create a world in which people and nature flourish together. Together we’ll be planting, smiling, and yarning about what we can do today, for a better tomorrow. 

If you’re ready to start your journey to take urgent action for the natural world around you, we have a few suggestions on how you can do that: 

1) Plant a tree with CVA and NRMA Insurance 

We’ve teamed up with NRMA Insurance to protect koalas in Queensland and New South Wales by engaging communities in practical activities which restore their homes and food sources. You can get your hands dirty by joining our tree planting and habitat restoration action days! 

Find out more about our koala habitat restoration planting events:



2) Protect our oceans and waterways with #SeaToSource citizen science 

The litter in our waterways and oceans is around 60-95% plastic which we know has a disastrous impact on the environment and the animals that call these places home. So, we’re committed to reducing the amount of plastic litter entering our creeks, rivers and oceans. We’re holding clean up and litter monitoring events around the country to eliminate ocean litter from our waterways. Ready to lend a helping hand?  

Find out more about #SeaToSource and find volunteer opportunities near you: 



Join the Bandi-wagon

3) Become a bandicoot protector 

Through citizen science activities (such as identifying bandicoots through the online DigiVol platform) you can gather observations and data and share it easily with researchers, playing a role in reviewing information for research teams who are doing the vital work of informing how recovery projects should work. 

Find out more about how you can be a citizen scientist here: 



4) Find out how one of our team has eliminated plastic in her life

Ashleigh Carden, one of our superstar Revive team embarked on her own journey of plastic reduction for a year. She takes us through her hot tips for living a life with less plastic in our latest guest blog, and reminds us that every small step matters. Find out more about how to live a plastic-free life from Ash: 



5) Get your team involved in one of our corporate challenges: 

Are you looking to get your organisation in sustainability and innovation challenges to make a difference? We have a corporate challenge event series throughout the year which provide opportunities for both team building events and meaningful in-person volunteering, as well as innovative online activities. 

Find out more about out corporate challenge events: