More than one billion people worldwide live on less than $1 a day, and another 1.6 billion struggle to survive on less than $2 a day. Those living in poverty rely more heavily on natural resources, on which both people and wildlife depend.
The U.S. Senate is considering a bill called the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) that lays out a framework to reduce global poverty, spread sustainability and protect the world's resources.
Introduced by Sens. Barak Obama (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Global Poverty Act ensures that reducing global poverty is a major priority of U.S. foreign policy.
Specifically, the bill directs the Administration to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to vastly reduce global poverty (those living on less than $2 per day, and to eliminate extreme poverty, those living on less than $1 per day,) in developing countries.
Reducing poverty is inextricably linked to environmental sustainability since the poorest 5 percent of the global population depend on natural resources for 50 percent of their income. Development projects that exploit these resources may provide short term relief, but over time exacerbate environmental problems, making poor people destitute.
The major environmental challenges facing the world today--climate change, water scarcity, resource depletion and pandemic diseases--are interrelated with economic development, national security and poverty. By requiring a strategy for development assistance which incorporates environmental sustainability, The Global Poverty Act is a first step to lasting relief from poverty and a healthy future for people and the planet.
Please co-sponsor the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) and help find a healthy balance for people and wildlife.