The world lost environmental leaders on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302
"Many of the 149 passengers were headed to the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi. Among them were conference attendants leading work to end global hunger, take on plastic pollution in oceans, and make connections between climate change and gender inequity."
"The United Nations lost at least 22 staff members across its affiliate organizations. Seven of the victims worked for the U.N.’s World Food Program. “As we confront this terrible loss, we reflect that all these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live in,” the agency said in a statement
. “That was their calling.”"
"The United Nations lost at least 22 staff members across its affiliate organizations. Seven of the victims worked for the U.N.’s World Food Program."
"Joanna Toole, from the United Kingdom, was on the flight to the conference as a representative of the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization, working in its fisheries department. She described herself on LinkedIn as a specialist in marine conservation and animal welfare who was “passionate about creating sustainable change.” Her recent work focused on the environmental impacts of commercial fishing — especially from discarded fishing gear
, which happens to make up a majority of the notorious 79,000-metric-ton pile of garbage
floating in the Pacific.
Also on the flight was Sarah Auffret, a French-British environmental agent at the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators. She was planning to discuss how Arctic expedition cruise vessels can cut down on single-use plastics.
Another victim was Victor Tsang, program officer of the United Nations Environment Program’s Gender & Safeguards Unit from Hong Kong. He leaves behind a son and his wife, who is expecting. “When gender inequalities are so obvious, a business-as-usual approach will surely lead to exclusion and further marginalization of women,” Tsang said in a 2017 interview
on the U.N.’s efforts to make gender a key component of its environmental work."