What You Can Do
What You Can Do
Become Climate-Change Literate
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Build the Community
Communicate with others and build a community around climate-change solutions. Listen more than you speak and take other people’s feelings seriously. Make it a conversation rather than an argument. Avoid overwhelming others with facts; talk about successes in your workplace and at home.
Photo Credit: Jason Koski, courtesy of Cornell CALS
Adopt a More Plant-Based Diet
The greatest impact we can have with our food choices is to transition to meals that are more plant-based. In the US, where protein and nutrients are available, treating red meat as a delicacy rather than a staple would help enormously. Also consider plant-based meats, which have a much lower carbon footprint than beef.
Photo by Lindsay France, courtesy of Cornell CALS
Consider Your Entire Carbon Footprint
This website focuses on food production, but let’s keep things in perspective. In the US, the agricultural sector is responsible for about 9% of the country’s greenhouse gases, but that means 91% comes from somewhere other than agriculture—transportation, electricity production, industry, and the residential and commercial sectors. To solve the climate change crisis we need to reduce emissions across all sectors—now. Fly, drive, light, heat, and cool less, and consume less stuff. You can assess your carbon footprint with a calculator like the one the Global Footprint Network provides. You can also review Drawdown, which prioritizes options to reduce greenhouse gases at a global scale. Make the environmentally-friendly option the default, not the exception.
Be An Activist
Engage elected officials on the topic of food and climate change. Challenge policy-makers to support programs that help people who produce our food to stay in business as well as minimize their impacts. These programs should extend globally because food insecurity is likely to lead to increasing conflict and social unrest with worldwide implications. Ask elected officials to support the science that is needed now more than ever. And above all, be courageous.