Miss Universe and World Agroforestry Centre team up for soil health

Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and Senior Research Fellow at World Agroforestry Centre, Dr Dennis Garrity holding a credit card to pay the UN for their air travel carbon emissions at Rio+20. Image by: AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

The current Miss Universe Leila Lopes and Senior Fellow at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Dr Dennis Garrity got together at RIO+20 to agree on a goal to halt land degradation and to scale up successful community projects to combat desertification.

In a RIO+20 media briefing, Miss Lopes said, “I came to RIO+20 to share the inspiring stories of people, who fight against land degradation, and to create awareness about this important environmental issue. Every minute we are losing 23 hectares of land due to desertification and drought. Land degradation affects 1.5 billion people globally.”

In order to encourage other frequent fliers to keep carbon neutrality in mind, Miss Lopes and Dr Garrity redeemed the carbon credits for their travel to RIO+20. Their credits will go towards thesupport of activities operated by local communities in Brazil.

Find out more on the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification



Christopher Mesiku

Chris Mesiku is a science communicator volunteering at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last 5 years, he has worked as a communicator for various scientific institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (ANU) and a Masters in Philosophy of Science (UQ).

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