Race to the climate summit

Blogs, Campaigning for change, Food & climate change article written on the 10 Sep 2014

Photo: Ainhoa Goma/OxfamAUS

Next week world leaders will meet in New York for an important summit on climate change. It’s a key moment. Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger, and rich governments and the big food companies haven’t been doing enough to address it. 

More intense heat waves, storms, droughts, and floods are destroying crops, pushing the price of food up and the availability of food down. Women and farmers in poor communities are being hit the hardest.

While local communities, progressive businesses and other governments are stepping up on climate change, our government is drowning in a lack of ambition. The Australian government seems determined to swim against the tide by axing Australia’s working carbon price, doing its best to put the break on international progress, and threatening to dump Australia’s renewable energy target.

With the climate summit in New York on the horizon — and a new global agreement being negotiated by the end of 2015 — we need to build real power so that Australia does its fair share in tackling climate change. And we need your help to do it.

So here’s the plan.

  • Make our political leaders hear the case for change loudly and clearly. Using megaphones, laptops, phones, clipboards and media, we will amplify the voices of Australian farmers, women from Vanuatu and Philippines and others at the frontline dealing with the impacts of climate change.
  • Grow our power. We’ll come together at key moments like the climate summit in New York, World Food Day (Thursday 16 October), the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan and climate talks in Lima, Peru. We will ask our friends, family and workmates to join us.
  • Change the way the world’s largest food companies do business. Already, you’ve helped pressure Kellogg and General Mills — the makers of Old El Paso and Latina Pasta — to agree to help stop climate change making people hungry. The big 10 food companies emit more emissions than Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark combined. We need these companies do more and use their power to call on governments to do follow suit.
As a first step, please join millions of people around the world and take to the streets in support of action on climate change:

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Want to do something now? Add your voice to the campaign for Australia to do its fair share to stop climate change making people hungry.