Reflecting on Earth Day

Friday, April 19, 2024
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A man reaching for avocados in a tree.

Why does an organization dedicated to ending global hunger mark Earth Day?

The issue of environmental degradation and the surge in hunger worldwide are heavily intertwined. As landscapes are destroyed, hunger increases.

One way that we are working to end hunger by healing the earth is through our Nature+ program in partnership with the Government of Canada. To mark the importance of Earth Day, we asked two members of our Nature+ team what it means to them. Mesfin Mathewos and Joyce Mbingo share their passion and concern for the earth as they work in their roles as country program managers for Nature+.

Earth is everything.

Earth Day is a time to honor and appreciate the natural world that sustains us all. And to recognize the damage done and the effort needed to restore and revitalize healthy landscapes.

Soil is the heart.

As an organization that often supports small-scale farmers, caring for the earth is incredibly important. We have seen that when soil is degraded, life is degraded, and food becomes scarce.

It cannot be separated.

We cannot talk about Nature+ without also talking about the earth. We recognize our interdependence with the earth and the crucial role that healthy ecosystems play in sustaining life.

As we celebrate Earth Day this year, let us draw inspiration from individuals like Mesfin and Joyce, who embody the spirit of environmental stewardship in working towards a world without hunger. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants.

The Nature+ program works to build resilient food systems in a set of natural landscapes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. To learn more and make a donation, click here.

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