In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

April 24, 2014 by Lindsay McNamara
In the Spirit of Earth Day, Join Live Below the Line!

Each year, Earth Day calls for global citizens to examine their impact on the environment and learn new (or more) ways to be environmentally friendly. Here at The Hunger Project, we believe everything is connected and that — hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of factors including decent work, health, education, environmental protection and social justice — only in solving these together will any of these issues be resolved on a sustainable basis. We must work tirelessly to empower women and promote gender equality, healthy nutrition for children around the world and hold our governments accountable to protect the environment.

To understand this holistic approach a bit more, I began to think about The Hunger Project’s recent partnership with the Global Poverty Project on a campaign called Live Below the Line. After taking a depth breath, I decided to join the Live Below the Line challenge.

I am standing with thousands of people around the world who are taking the Live Below the Line challenge to raise funds and awareness for the 1.2 billion people in our world who live in extreme poverty.

From April 28May 2, join me in spending $1.50 a day on food and beverage for 5 days to change the way people think about extreme poverty – all while supporting The Hunger Project’s work in villages worldwide.

I want to experience what it is like to live in poverty and the choices (or lack thereof) my fellow human beings on the other side of the globe (and right here in New York City) make every day.

I recycle; even separate my bottles and cans from paper and cardboard. I don’t drink bottled water. I take public transportation to work. I bring my canvas bags to the grocery store. I try not to consume too much. These small actions pale in comparison to the reduction my carbon footprint will have as I try to eat and drink on $1.50 a day for five days. My fellow environmentalists, I encourage you to Live Below the Line with me and take a hard look at all that you consume in five days.

If you had the opportunity or the chance to change the world and be a part of the Live Below the Line dialogue, to see yourself as a member of the planet as a whole, would you take it?

How can you get involved?

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