Forest and cultivated foods using local Jharkhand produce. Photo credit: Slow Food

“We are setting out a supremely ambitious and transformational vision. We envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive … A world with equitable and universal access to health care and social protection, where physical, mental and social well-being are assured.” (The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Declaration #7)

Social and environmental justice intersect when communities are denied access to basic human rights, such as food and health care. Cchoti is not alone in her suffering – over 200 million children worldwide suffer from malnutrition, according to the World Health Organization. Likewise, many communities in both developed and developing nations lack reliable and affordable access to health care. The United Nations’ proposed Sustainable Development Goals target global problems such as these, advocating for a just future for all life on earth.

Mindfully consider your next meal; reflect, with gratitude, if you do not have to worry about whether or not there will be food on your plate today. How can you better appreciate the quality and quantity of your food with this deeper understanding that so many do not have this privilege? Reflect or journal on this prompt, and please pray with us:

Creator and Provider, I thank and honor you for the life-giving food that nourishes my body and the breath that fills my working lungs. I yearn to see beyond my reality to the injustices faced by other people who lack basic access to food and health care. Thank you for the healers of the world, and may I grow to continue their journeys each day. Amen.