Did you know that many date the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States to 42 years ago, when 20 million Americans demonstrated throughout the country to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? Those demonstrations, which were held on the first Earth Day, focused on mainstream America’s lack of concern about air and water pollution. They eventually led to the creation of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
The environmental movement has long since gone global, including in Sub Saharan Africa. The recently-announced 2012 winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize,which honors grassroots environmental heroes from throughout the world, are from Kenya, China, Russia, Philippines and Argentina, as well as the U.S. Throughout Sub Saharan Africa, the importance of environmental stewardship is stronger than ever as witnessed in schools, on farms, and in communities.
Aid for Africa members are playing a key role in fostering a more sustainable Sub Saharan Africa, focusing on the goals identified 42 years ago — ensuring a sustainable environment, clean water and protecting endangered species. World Bicycle Relief has initiated a “Trees for Bikes” program that provides African children with bikes in exchange for planting tree saplings. charity: water has funded 6,185 water projects, mostly in Africa, that provide clean water for communities. Solar Cookers International has enabled more than 30,000 Sub Saharan families to cook using the sun’s energy rather than wood fuel, reducing air pollution, fostering better health and preserving forests. Panthera continues to protect African lions, cheetah and leopards through programs with local communities.
Aid for Africa is a unique alliance of U.S.-based charities and their African partners dedicated to helping children, families and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more at www.aidforafrica.org.
World Bicycle Relief’s “Trees for Bikes” program provides a bike for every 150 saplings planted.