"The world is not a place to just live but a place to change."

- Marc Skid

Feed The World

45% of all child deaths are related to malnourishment

Approximately 805 million people in the world suffer from chronic undernourishment. That’s one out of every nine people. Another 1.7 billion lack regular access to clean water and about 2.3 billion people fall victim to water-borne diseases every year. Unfortunately, hunger hits children especially hard. Roughly 315,000 mothers die in childbirth every year due to hemorrhaging caused by malnourishment, thus leaving newborns without mothers. Undernourishment and vitamin deficiencies lead to the deaths of 3.1 million children per year – about 45% of all child deaths.

98% of the chronically hungry or malnourished reside in developing nations in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. However, the United States is not exempt from hunger. Approximately one in seven U.S. households suffer from food insecurity and about 5.6% are in situations severe enough that household members go without food during the year due to insufficient resources.

Food security and access to clean water are two of the most vital aspects of healthy living. It is imperative for those blessed with these basic necessities to help secure them for those in need.

Cure The World

55 million people die worldwide annually to preventable causes

Each year, over 55 million people die. Many of these deaths are preventable. The most common cause of death in the world is heart disease, killing over 7 million a year. Stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD, including emphysema and bronchitis), lower respiratory infections like pneumonia and influenza, and respiratory cancers like lung cancer, follow as killers. HIV/AIDS, diarrhea-causing illnesses, diabetes, birth complications and tuberculosis are also leading causes of death.

Tobacco use, poor nutrition and being overweight contribute to both heart disease and stroke. Air pollution and tobacco contribute to COPD and respiratory cancers. Diarrhea-causing diseases, which kill about 1 ½ million people per year, are transmitted through contaminated food or water. 5,700 people become infected with HIV every day.

The tragedy is that so many of these deaths are preventable. Lives are unnecessarily cut short through lack of appropriate health knowledge, absence of proper medical treatment and avoidable behaviors.

Save The World

1 in 5 people live in areas below World Health Organization air quality standards

Planet Earth is in crisis. Environmental damage from air and water pollution harms billions of people and wildlife each and every year. In fact, about 1/5 of all people on Earth live in areas that test below World Health Organization air quality standards — and this pollution contributes to more than 2 million deaths per year. In the United States alone, 50,000 deaths every year are related to air pollution, costing the country $40 billion a year in medical care and lost productivity. Not to mention, since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by 1/3, making current levels of CO2 the highest in the last 800,000 years. The resulting rapid climate change threatens many life forms that simply don’t have time to adapt.

Moreover, about 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the world’s oceans annually. The major material polluting the oceans is plastic — an environmental hazard due to its inability to biodegrade. Roughly 46% of America’s lakes are so polluted that the contamination makes swimming and fishing risky while endangering aquatic organisms. Pollution like this kills 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals each year.

Clean air and water are vital to preserving life on our beautiful Earth. It will require much ingenuity and commitment to “un-pollute”, but we must stop pollution and reverse the damage already done if life is to continue and flourish on Earth.