Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Once a week, I am offering up a tip or action or idea that we can all engage with to work towards living in ways that allow for more health and wellbeing for all aspects of the planet. Last week we talked about planting native species.

Logo of the United Nations. Photo: United Nations

This week the green thought is about charity. The United Nations has recognized that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.” I think it is a really important point that the UN links poverty with sustainable development. When individuals or a community are in poverty, they may be forced to make decisions that not environmentally friendly, but do produce short-term benefits. So if we as a society can reduce, or even eliminate, poverty we will go a long way towards allowing humans to make decisions that help the whole world in the long-term.

One solution is the UN’s International Day of Charity that is observed every September 5th. Since that date is right around the corner, I thought it would a good time to bring it up and keep it in all of our minds. While I am not wild about who is commemorated by the September 5th date (it was chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa who I am not a big fan of), I do really like the idea of an occasion where we can all think about ways we can support those less fortunate that ourselves, and in so doing we can all help make this a safer, healthier, and more ecologically sustainable world for humans and all other living creatures.

What do you think of all this? Is this a step you will take? Do you have any other solution ideas?

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