Nature is a part of you. It’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, the earth that grows your food. And our futures are entwined with nature’s. Our planet faces tough challenges but, together, we have the power to create a healthier future for nature and for ourselves.
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The majority of the world’s population breathe in unhealthy air 22,000 times a day. Improving our air quality can mean breathing easier, and less risk of premature death due to pollution —particularly for people of color. While eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels is of the utmost importance, reforestation efforts are a powerful first step to absorbing global warming-causing carbon. There are ways to heal.
Water is the reason for life on earth, but 2.1 billion people do not have access to a safe water supply. Chronic water shortages, rapid population growth, and aging infrastructure all contribute to potential conflict over water resources. But there are effective ways to reverse our actions and provide clean water for all.
The quality of our nutrition depends on how we manage our resources. As populations grow, biodiversity is falling victim to demand—and we can't afford to let nature be the collateral damage. By working with farmers on sustainable practices at the community level, we can ensure our food remains plentiful on a global scale.
Our planet is warming by the day, and those of us who live in urban areas feel the effects the most. But we have many of the solutions we need to make a difference now. Between tree-planting efforts and policy change, we've been hard at work creating a healthier planet.
Protecting our environment doesn’t just preserve the planet for future generations, it pays off right now. Caring for nature can not only free us from climate concerns such as extreme heat and flash floods, but it allows us a safe haven for mental and physical healing. Nature can nourish us, if we nourish nature.
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