Philippe Lazaro on The Path to Ending Poverty Starts With the Environment

From the very beginning, when God created the earth and everything in it, He called His creation good and put humans in charge of it. We can fulfill our call to steward creation when we keep our planet beautiful and sustainable for future generations. In doing so, we also care for those who suffer from poverty. These two callings – to care for the earth and those who live on it – are inextricably linked and are key to solving bigger issues related to global humanitarian crises.

There are more than 800 million people around the world living in poverty and 85% of them live in areas affected by an environmental crisis. Oftentimes, the poorest areas lack the resources needed to prepare for disasters or to combat environmental changes. To help alleviate poverty, we must work together to make a change on the environmental problems that disproportionately impact the most vulnerable.

Floods, famine and weather-related catastrophes go hand-in-hand with issues of climate change, soil erosion and deforestation. These most severely affect individuals in developing countries.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Philippe Lazaro

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