Food!

Your Solution to Climate Change

Did you know that a few tweaks to the way we grow, eat and toss our food could help solve climate change?

Wait, did you say food?

How is that possible?

Just 3 food-related solutions to climate change have the power to remove as much as 237 Gigatons of CO2 Equivalent from the Earth’s atmosphere.

And by focusing on food (something that we interact with every day!), we can create an incredibly sustainable future that’s equitable for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or lived experience.

HERE’s Where you come in!

Your climate action starts right now!

Here are 3 easy ways to combat climate change

1) REDUCE FOOD WASTE

  • Tackle your household food waste by being mindful of expiration dates, storing your food in airtight containers to extend its life, utilizing your freezer to preserve food that you can’t eat before it goes bad.
  • Volunteer with a local food rescue organization. People’s place is a great local option for volunteering. Ask about their food pantry and seasonal food drives!
  • Complete the free 5-Day Sustainable Kitchen Reset to help you combat food waste and make your entire kitchen routine more climate friendly
  • Educate yourself on how reducing food waste can help us tackle climate change. Start here.

2) CHANGE OUR FOOD SYSTEM

  • Talk to a local farmer about their farming practices and see if they’ve heard about sustainable farming practices such as “Regenerative Annual Cropping” or “Conservation Agriculture”.
  • See if there are any local farmers using these practices and show them some love on social media.
  • Volunteer with the Kingston Farmer’s Market and see if you can work sustainable agriculture practices into the standard playbook of our local farmers.
  • Educate yourself on how implementing Conservation Agriculture and Regenerative Annual Cropping can help us tackle climate change.

3) GIVE PLANT-BASED EATING A TRY 

  • Incorporate plant-based eating into your daily life. Maybe you start off with “Meatless Mondays” or the “VB6 Diet” where you Eat Vegan Before 6:00pm. Those ideas seems doable, don’t they? To put it in perspective, participating in Meatless Mondays would reduce your animal-based food consumption by 15%, and the VB6 diet would reduce your consumption by 70%.
  • Encourage a local food pantry incorporate more plant-based meals.
  • Read the book Eating Animals to get a full glimpse of the animal food system.
  • Educate yourself on how reducing food waste can help us tackle climate change. Start here.

Together, we can create an incredibly sustainable future that’s equitable for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or lived experience.

Shannon Kenny

artist | changemaker | climate activist

Brooklyn + Kingston, NY