April 22nd is Earth Day! Held every year, this global event commemorates our pledge to making sure the world is a better place with measures to protect the environment against climate change, deforestation and pollution.
Here are some ways that communities around the world are making sure the planet is healthy for all of us, for generations to come by following the Three Rs of the Environment.
Mulushewa in Ethiopia is committed to reducing food waste in her community. She received training through our partner MCDP to use a solar drier to preserve excess perishable foods like fruits and vegetables so she can reduce waste. “This training has changed the lives of my whole family because I’ve learned not only how to preserve and store foods but I now have produce handy to consume and sell without going to waste.”
Good environmental stewardship is about passing on lessons from Elders to youth. Children from Neyaashiinigmiing (an Indigenous community in Ontario) spent a day in the woods with their teachers and Elders learning to re-use natural materials for shelter. This land-based education lesson teaches children how to find and use the Earth’s resources instead of introducing or relying on store-bought tents or camping equipment.
A youth group from Los Lomas, Bolivia, worked together to plan and execute a community development project focused on the big problem of garbage in their city. Supported by CFTC’s local partner, SCSJ, the Leaders: Agents of Change program helped teens build their leadership and communication skills. This group worked with local authorities to come up with a fantastic strategy to encourage recycling, including designing recycling bins out of – you guessed it! – recycled bottles.
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