The Humanitarian Water and Food Award’s mission is to promote food for all in a sustainable way. They have been looking for over a year for initiatives that send a message of hope that everyone on the planet can be fed.
The situation today is miserable, with some billion undernourished and even more without access to clean water. Something is obviously not working.
We have gone beyond that; we are in a period of climate crisis. I agree with the Declaration written in Anchorage by indigenous representatives from the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and Russia.
Mother Earth is no longer in a period of climate change, but in climate crisis. We therefore insist on an immediate end to the destruction and desecration of the elements of life.
Despite the widely held faith in the efficiency of free markets, the industrial capitalist model has arguably failed to deliver. Specifically, it fails to provide lasting economic security, food and shelter to large percentages of the world population. Furthermore, despite being blessed with the easy availability of massive amounts of fossil fuel, many countries are heavily in debt, threatening to burden each and every citizen for a long time to come.
The total land mass of the Earth is about 14,8 billion hectares. With a population of about 6,8 billion this means there are just over two hectares of land per person. Of this, only one hectare of land per person is habitable. We need to rethink what we invest in.
Whilst land is scarce and getting scarcer, so is oil. Figures from several sources indicate world oil production has reaches its maximum and is likely to fall per capita in the near future.
Acting in gratitude, appreciation and using all our gifts - intelligence, innovation, hope and determination - I believe we can create settlements for ourselves that are truly very beautiful places - reflecting the Very Beautiful Place inside.