In the next 3 months, the Corona pandemic is projected to damage the world food supply, lowering food exports and dramatically impacting the world economy. One important way for unemployed Palestinian families to get by, will be to garden or raise livestock. Right now, this spring, please give the poorest families in Gaza / W.Bank the gardening supplies or goats, chickens, rabbits they need to produce their own food and start a home-based business-a vital, sustainable climate action.
While the pandemic has triggered an economic collapse with deep implications for families in Gaza and the West Bank, it may offer a reprieve for the climate. Reduced fuel consumption and local food production are lowering the carbon footprint. The crisis, though, will be particularly severe on the vulnerable, especially Palestinians without jobs. Made all the harder by Israel's occupation of Palestine, please help the poorest achieve sustainable food production and advocate for their rights.
Spring time is the time to plant. Our NGO partners have identified families in Gaza and the W. Bank who need help to grow or raise food. They will meet with each family to help them decide to raise animals or plant a garden. Some will start rooftop gardens while others join community gardens or sign leases to use nearby land. Our Palestinian NGO partners will provide training to help them become self-sufficient and develop their home-based business.
We draw upon time-honored Palestinian commitment to agricultural sustainability, working with community-based orgs to mentor Palestinian families in need, help them improve their nourishment, and develop a local income source. We will join the OCHA Food Cluster consortium of the regional sustainable agriculture programs and be more effective together. In our experience, appeals to Congress do successfully safeguard Palestinian investments. Now, we'll make it work in a "just-climate" framework.
NYT: Climate Change Threatens World's Food Supply
Regional Emerg Resp to Mitigate Impact of COVID19