Some of you have asked us: Why is a consumer advocacy organization, with a focus on food and the environment, so invested in the climate movement?
Here’s why: Because agriculture is an environmental issue—after all, it’s the leading cause of water pollution in this country, and one of the biggest contributors to global warming. And because the climate emergency is leading us toward a global food crisis.
In August, the United Nations warned that the world’s land and water resources are being exploited at unprecedented rates. Combine that with climate change, and you have “dire pressure” on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change clearly stated: Reducing emissions and transitioning to renewable energy, while critically necessary, won’t be enough to cool the planet. According to the report, how we manage land—including how we grow food—will determine our success, or failure, when it comes to preserving life on Earth.
In a recent Washington Post interview, former Vice President and climate activist Al Gore, said this in response to a question about what role consumers can or should play in transforming our food system:
“There’s a danger in focusing on consumer behavior. There’s a danger of giving the impression that the solutions to the climate crisis have to be shouldered by women and men who care enough about it to change their personal choices. They do. But as important as it is to change a lightbulb, it is way more important to change policies. And in order to change policies, we have to have new policymakers. So the most important role that individuals can play is in taking their concern and passion for a better world into the voting booth and turning out in large numbers to overcome the dominance of our political system by big money.”
We couldn’t agree more. As consumers, we absolutely must support the organic, regenerative, biodynamic farmers who are not only producing healthy, high-quality food, but also stewarding the land.
But consumers and farmers can’t change the system without help on the policy front. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, to build a national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The coalition is committed to working with local, state and federal lawmakers to scale up regenerative agriculture by rapidly scaling up policy change.
This is why we continue to support the Sunrise Movement, and why we are committed to educating millions of young climate activists about the potential of regenerative agriculture, in combination with renewable energy, to address our climate emergency.
The Sunrise Movement is planning its next round of climate strikes, on December 6. Our ask this week? Get involved. Organize a climate strike.
And when you’re striking, side by side with young climate activists, engage them in a conversation about food and climate.
We’re running out of time. Let's not run out of food.