2021: All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability
Agriculture covers the largest amount of our planet's land surface area out of any industry. A large way that we as a species interact with the physical land of our planet is through our agricultural practices and through food distribution and consumption systems.
Food systems and the Earth's climate are deeply intertwined. The changing climate is deeply impacting farmlands through floods, drought, or contamination. Meanwhile, unsustainable food systems are accelerating the rate of climate destruction through methane from cows and other livestock, deforestation to expand croplands, and polluting distribution channels. The solutions that lead us to sustainable food systems, healthier and more biodiverse, are also healing for our planet and build resilience for our food crops and our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cast into sharp relief the inequalities present in our world - perhaps most noticeably in the shape of increasing food insecurity. The injustices present in the ways that food is grown, distributed, and consumed are tightly interwoven with the injustices of the climate crisis. The 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, to take place all online, will explore these ideas and how we can be all in for climate justice and food security for everyone, everywhere. The event will be Friday, April 9, 2021 to Sunday, April 11, 2021. Planning is currently in its early stages.
The programs will draw inspiration from the UUA 2011 Statement of Conscience "Ethical Eating: Food & Environmental Justice"