Andrew McCartor, Pure Earth’s director of global policy and planning, traveled to Madagascar to lead a meeting organized by UNICEF that brought together over 66 representatives from more than 34 agencies, organizations and businesses to discuss the country’s pollution challenges and solutions. The people of Madagascar are ready to solve pollution. Their passion, determination and drive will take them far, as Drew recounts: I landed in Madagascar at an extraordinary moment in the nation’s history. One minister remarked to me that it was the first time the nation was truly united since gaining independence from France in 1960. For the entire week I was there, tens of thousands of people were dancing in the street every night. The excitement was for the national football team, which was in the middle of a fairytale run in the Africa Cup of Nations. Just five years prior, the Madagascar national team was ranked nearly dead last in the world by FIFA. On the day I arrived, they beat DR Congo to advance to the quarter-finals. On the day I left, the national heroes arrived home at the same time I was scheduled to depart. While exciting, this fact also proved problematic. When I… Read full this story
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