Joshua Jackson Explains the One Key Piece to Solving Global Poverty

More than 800 million people directly rely on natural resources for their day-to-day survival.
Dec 7, 2015·
Adriana Zyskowski is the editor of TakePart World.

More than 800 million people around the world—from farmers and fishers to herders and artisans—directly rely on natural resources for their day-to-day survival. Changes in the environment have a dramatic effect on their health and livelihoods. Lately these changes have been increasingly challenging.

In Southeast Asia, communities are struggling to cope with increasingly erratic weather conditions. In Tanzania, farmers have been seeing smaller yields because of soil degradation. In Latin America, indigenous people are searching for alternative livelihoods as a result of deforestation.

We can end poverty but not without environmental sustainability.

Working hand in hand with rural villages and communities, we can implement sustainable practices and reverse deforestation. While advocates push for strong laws against clear-cutting forests, NGOs can improve agricultural practices so that farmers can replenish their soil and increase their yields. At home, each one of us can work to reduce our own carbon footprint.