"We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand." - Christopher Dodd 

Bamboo trayTo most of us city-dwellers, we accept abstractly that the environment should be protected, and nature serves as a possible vacation spot to experience, appreciate, and overcome. To many of the world’s poor, the environment is a 

 
necessity, a source of food, materials, medicines, and income to supplement their meagre existence in a way that most of us would never understand. A successful hunt could be the only source of protein for 2 months. 

They will be affected most from climate change as their subsistence lifestyle is weather dependent, and they lack the means to relocate or mitigate the negative effects. Furthermore, pollution, together with unsustainable agricultural and harvesting techniques that destroy resources and land, have left many of these poor communities impoverished by environmental degradation.

 
It is pertinent, therefore, that we continue to work with local communities and government officials to 
Environmental conservation
appreciate the value of conserving the environment, and collaborate in ensuring that the natural wealth is harvested in a sustainable and profitable manner, both in the short and long term, to ensure the continuous use of it for future generations.