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In today’s state of affairs, food security has become a priority. With climate change and increasing global population, earth’s resources are being pushed to the limits. To add to that, carbon emissions and fossil fuels are adding to global warming.
How Climate Change Effects Food Security
All this greatly impacts our food system as global warming will damage the environment. Extreme weather conditions affect our ability to grow and produce enough organic, healthy food to sustain the worlds growing population.
In Australia today over 3.6 million people are experiencing food insecurity at some point every year, 27% of which are children. In fact, the demand for food relief is rising, with charities reporting a 10% increase in demand last year. Stats taken from Foodbank’s facts page.
If we don’t all try to do our bit to help reverse climate change, we will face a potential increase in food insecurity and malnutrition. More details here on climate impacts on food security.
What happens if we do nothing to help climate change?
If we fail to take action to address climate change and continue with an unsustainable way of life, we, like the dinosaurs before us, will become extinct. From floods to droughts, to pest and worsening natural disasters. To find out more on how climate change affects food security, check out earth hour’s article here.
So how can we help?
By adopting a more sustainable way of living, you too can do your bit. Here are a few things you can do and help with climate change.
Conserve more water
Water is a limited resource here on earth and saving water can reduce carbon pollution as well. The energy it takes to pump, heat and treat water has an impact on climate change. Saving water is so easy to do, follow our guide, 10 Handy Hacks to Save Water at Home, to get started.
Start by becoming more aware of the energy your using, whether it may be at home or your workplace. Turn off equipment and appliances, not in use. Even better, replace those appliances with more energy efficient ones.
Consume fewer things
Reduce or refuse, recycle, reuse and re-purpose. When out shopping, think about what your purchasing and the impact it will have on the environment in terms of waste. If we can try to consume fewer things, then that’s a step closer to zero waste. For more details, check out our post, 4 Steps to Get Your Place to Zero Waste.
Change your diet
Did you know animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of global warming? It’s responsible for 18 % of all greenhouse gas emissions. Facts from Cowspiracy. So if you want to do your bit, eat less meat or even better, cut out meat and go vegan.
It goes without saying, buy organic and local produce whenever you can. Organic food is usually produced through sustainable farming practices so it’s better for the environment and you.
There are tons of things you could to help with food security like growing your own produce or supporting local farmers and producers.
Some aspects of climate change might be irreversible but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Adopting a sustainable lifestyle will be better for you and your family. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also feel better knowing you’re helping out with climate change and addressing food security.