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.