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Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy
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Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Policy

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Presentation by Diana Francis at the 3rd Trinidad and Tobago Youth Forum on Climate Change, 7th December, 2013

Presentation by Diana Francis at the 3rd Trinidad and Tobago Youth Forum on Climate Change, 7th December, 2013

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  • Climate changethe most important challenge of our times; the most daunting task facing our youth today!the one greatest responsibility of decision-makers in government, private sector and households.
  • Climate change has direct implications for food sustainability and how we respond through policy. It will have direct and lasting impacts on livelihoods, water and food security
  • This presentation provides a short introduction to the three main concepts indicated in the title; namely – climate change, food sustainability and policy, which are presented in three parts. The presentation concludes with some considerations for arriving at a practical policy response to climate change.
  • Climate change – it is real, it is here, NOW!The 3 Taylor Thruths effectively summarise our climate change realityClimate has changed Climate will changeand our core climate change challenge:Climate demands changeRead: the causes….But be very clear – the bottom line is that ….
  • In the past, climate has changed, caused by natural factors, such as;changes in the Earth’s orbit, solar intensity, as evidence shows in pre-industrialised Ice Ageor volcanic eruptions which alter the atmospheric gasses, blocking sunlight for a period of time;However, today’s climate change is being blamed mostly on human activity – such as farming, factories., etc, which cut down forests and tree covers and sealed the land and soil with impenetrable concrete, and which increased the level of carbon dioxide - heat gas - in the atmosphere, causing global warming!
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  • What do we need to accept in order for us to response appropriately to our climate change challenge:First – we MUST treat ……. Read from slide:Secondly – we NEED to ack…..Read from slide
  • Thirdly– we NEED to …Read from slideToday’s climate change is being described as the NEW NORMAL, which has …..
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    • 1. 1. Climate change – key messages 2. Food sustainability – key messages 3. Policy – key messages 4. Towards a Practical Policy Response
    • 2. The causes or factors of Climate Change have been and are still being studied. Bottom line:- It’s a result of both human action (decades of poor practices) and inaction (decades of ignoring the potential problems)
    • 3. The impacts of Climate Change have been and are still being observed, measured and documented! • Rising Temperatures -> hot and dry days & nights, heat stress, etc. • Rising Sea Levels-> eroding coastlines, salt water intrusion, etc. • Changing Precipitation Patterns-> droughts, floods, falling water tables, etc. • More Extreme Events -> more intense/shorter duration rainfall; extreme heat; more storms, etc.
    • 4. To do this, there must be a clear understanding of what climate change is, why it has/is happening, and its projections There must be a clear understanding of the particular activities in agriculture that contribute to climate change. This has also been studied and very well documented!
    • 5. Playing ostrich i.e., ‘burying our head in the sand‘, won’t make the problem go away! Playing opossum, i.e., ‘rolling over playing dead’, won’t pause or delay the impacts to come!
    • 6. Sustainable production:- not a new concept; been around for decades. Caribbean farmers used to :• practice composting and crop rotation (for healthy soils), • establish windbreaks (for wind protection), • collect and store water on-farm, • mix formulated feed with crop residues to ‘stretch’ expensive feed, etc.
    • 7. • Farming & food manufacturing are still heavy users of chemical inputs, biogenetically engineered organisms, artificial additives and non-biodegradable packaging, compromising environmental resources. • They are also very heavy users of water! • But they are not the only culprit!
    • 8. • inefficient use/waste of natural resources (soil, water), • poor allocation and/or ineffective use of development resources (financial, human, etc.), and • growing level of waste in the food value chain compromises sustainability, placing more pressures on sustainable food production!
    • 9. The boundaries of ‘Food’ are now expanding, e.g., • Edible insects may be closer now than ever before to acceptance in the Western World as a resource that should be considered in trying to meet the world's present and future food needs. (Insects as Human Food from http://www.foodinsects.com/Insects%20as%20Human%20Food.htm); Also see: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e00.htm
    • 10. m.a.p - mindset, attitudes and practices: coined for this context by Diana Francis, 2013
    • 11. . . . some scientists are working to convince the world that a more environmentally friendly meet is needed and can be made in the lab!
    • 12. Policy is an ‘intention’ to cause/influence a change through a/some specific ‘interventions’, to either :  make a situation ‘better’;  make a situation ‘less worse’;  maintain a desirable situation.
    • 13. a ‘prescription’ • to an ailment (problem) specific to a patient’s health profile (industry, stakeholder or issue), that needs treatment (the intervention), a ‘supplement, ’ • e.g., an ‘energy drink’ to boost or enhance a specific health profile to help achieve a well-defined goal, target, mission , etc. NB: • prescriptions are either multi-symptom (which most people can take) or very specific, prescribed of a particular symptom (these are non-transferrable and should not be shared!); • supplements should be just that:- a supplement and not the main course or daily diet.
    • 14. 3. Policy  Policy is a response to a need, situation, challenge, opportunity, etc. It sets the stage or frames the interventions which are the response actions.  It essentially is a ‘take in-front ’ position regarding a particular critical situation or priority issue;  The PROCESS by which policy is made is as important as the CONTENT of the policy itself!
    • 15. 3. Policy  Policy cannot address everything for everyone, at once or all the time!  Everything does not need addressing and everyone does not need an intervention at the same time!  Policy must drive change! but know that ‘if it ent broke, don’t fix it!  Policy is also DYNAMIC , since things change all the time!
    • 16. Policy is one key element that will help us deal with it
    • 17. Poor/bad practices in all conventional economic, industrial, construction, domestic , entertainment and other activities and services have led to the current climate change.
    • 18. Adapted from U.S. Department of the Interior Natural Resource Stewardship and Science National Park Service

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