Global Goal: Protecting Life on Land

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When life on land comes to mind, we think of oxygen-filled forests, water flowing from mountain sides, and wildlife coming together to create a full ecosystem. These important aspects of life are exactly what the United Nations set out to protect with Sustainable Development Goals. 

Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” Efforts towards sustainability are crucial. If we do not take action to protect our planet, it will experience irreversible damage. The UN urges every country involved to take action for a more sustainable future. This is something that everyone can make an effort towards in their everyday life.

Promoting Preservation Within

FCE has made an effort to protect life on land and preserve the ecosystems starting with small steps. Meat production has been known to have a negative impact on the environment due to greenhouse gas emissions and water use. According to Sujatha Bergen, the Natural Resources Defense Council Health Campaigns Director, “If the average American cut just a quarter pound of beef a week from their diet, about one hamburger, it would be the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year.” In order to make a more positive impact on the environment, FCE encourages the staff to participate in Meatless Monday for all three meals. In order to help sustainably manage forests and halt land degradation FCE has made an effort to cut down on paper and plastic use. For example, FCE is working to make a sustainable break room with no single-use plastic. Also, employees have made an effort to use more online forms instead of paper. In addition to the sustainable lifestyle that FCE staff incorporates into the workplace, all of the meal bags that we use to fight hunger are biodegradable. 

Most importantly, FCE empowers the community to meet this goal by providing food to support human life. Will you join FCE in our effort to protect life on land? Find out more about sustainability and what you can do to make a difference here.