This year’s Earth Day lands upon a shaken world: As mankind seeks a return to a form of normalcy, simply going back to business-as-usual is not an option. The pandemic has reminded us of the fragility of the world, our societies and economies, and the need to protect ourselves from disasters including climate change and ecosystem destruction.
That’s why the theme of Earth Day 2021, marked on 22 April, is ‘Restore Our Earth’. 
Climate change and other environmental degradations are threatening Earth’s natural systems, leading to new and fatal diseases that can cause the global economy to break down. Rather than dwelling on what’s gone wrong, the notion of restoring the Earth reminds us of the opportunities – including those for investors – that lie ahead (also see below).
This is not just whimsy; it is a crucial necessity. We must restore – and preserve – the natural world because we live in it. Every one of us needs a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and survival.
EARTHDAY.ORG – which established the Earth Day initiative in 1970 – has identified five pillars of action on ecosystem restoration.
Earth Day’s theme links tightly with the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, launching on World Environment Day on 5 June. One of the objectives is to link opportunities and initiatives related to ecosystem restoration and businesses interested in sustainable production and impact investment.
This field of thematic investment offers immense opportunities, as illustrated in Exhibit 1.
The drivers underpinning the urgent need to invest in restoring the world’s ecosystems are compelling. They include a global population of some two billion additional people to feed, house, educate, and find jobs for by 2035; and the reality that 50% of the world’s GDP – some USD 44 trillion – depends moderately or mostly on natural resources. 
As an investment theme, ecosystem restoration covers opportunities from across a highly diverse universe – one that covers companies actively innovating land-based, marine and urban ecosystem repair and improvement (see Exhibit 2).
Ulrik Fugmann, co-head of the environmental strategies group
We expect ecosystem restoration to be fuelled by a deluge of investment and create a raft of business opportunities.
 More on https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/
 Source: www.overshootday.org
 Source: Facts and figures from Morgan Stanley, “The Business Case for Sustainable Investing”, April 28, 2015 & Global Energy & CO2 Status Report 2018, The latest trends in energy & emissions in 2018
Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients.
The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay.
Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.