Twenty-one year old writer, blogger and educator Jordan Sanchez has helped launch the Generation Restoration movement with her inspiring poem Reimagine. Recreate. Restore. in 2021. This year, she stood on some of the biggest stages at the 78th UN General Assembly and related events.

Read or listen to her reflection on our relationship with nature, embodied through the Hudson river, below.



The Hudson flows both ways;

It’s the first thing I learned in elementary school.

Through song,

We praised the River as a gift.

The God of all things good

Like life and connection.

So when the water rushes

From the Adirondacks,

Through the crevices of raised earth,

Down through the city,

And between my neighbors’ homes,

I’m forced to remember

There is only this one thing

Threading us together,

Like fingers intertwined.



My sister and my brother

And me

Explored the land behind my home.

Vast and green,

Ever-expanding like the universe

We breathe.

We crawled under branches,

And jumped over creeks,

And like pirates,

We laid claim to all the land

The eye could see.

The possibilities were endless

And free

But always green.


To explore the Earth is

Your birthright.

But to pillage it is not.


This planet is no puppet;

She listens and she speaks.

Her words are the crackling embers

And her screams

Are floods in the streets.

Her smiles are the food we eat

And the clean air we breathe.


The Earth guides us through

Our lifetimes,

Providing both the backdrop

And foreground

Of the stories we live.

So as directors,

It becomes our responsibility to care

For the actors at stake;

The neighbors we see,

Like the butterflies and honey bees;

And the ones that live below,

Supporting the play

In ways we can never truly replicate.


We’re in the final act,

And it’s time for action

To take center stage

With shuffled scripts,

With jumbled props,

But the curtains will be drawn,

Ready or not.


This story is a balanced ballad of back and forth,

Just like the River that runs,

The one to which I have sung.


Written in September 2023 for the High Impact Initiative: Nature Driving Economic Transformation by UNEP, a panel taking place during UN SDG Action Weekend.

Jordan Sanchez

About the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, led by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners, covers terrestrial as well as coastal and marine ecosystems. As a global call to action, it will draw together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration. Find out how you can contribute to the UN Decade. Follow #GenerationRestoration.