Earth Day is about recommitting ourselves to caring for the one Earth we have.
The Rockefeller Foundation
Raj ShahDear Friend,

Earth Day is about recommitting ourselves to caring for the one Earth we have, and leaving it cleaner and brighter for our children. It’s a responsibility we all share.
The Rockefeller Foundation has had a deep commitment to protecting this planet for the good of humanity since even before the first Earth Day was held 47 years ago – from our support for environmental studies and research programs at universities across America in the 1960s and 1970s, to our work today on reducing food waste, promoting sustainable off-grid energy, building resilience in cities and advancing environmental stewardship through innovative finance. 
Caring for the planet also includes being active in our local communities, which is why I was thrilled to join the amazing foundation staff from our New York office as we volunteered for a day of service yesterday with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in Brooklyn.  As you’ll see in the video below, we had a fantastic time, and I hope you take a look.  I also want to share the stories below about the great work that we and our partners are doing around the world.  I hope they help keep you inspired to preserve our planet for many years to come.

- Raj Shah, President
Earth Day 2017 at Gowanus Canal
The Rockefeller Foundation Staff at their 2nd Annual Spring Day of Service at Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York
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