BEYOND CARBON: Food systems, Climate and Greenwashing at COP27 (Media Workshop)

AGrowingCulture – Oct 27, 2022

Watch this workshop for journalists covering food, climate and COP27 — held on Tues, Oct 25th hosted by IPES-Food and A Growing Culture. This diverse panel of farmer, journalist, researcher and scientists unpack the most crucial storylines around food and climate. Further: How can journalists best cover COP27? What proposed solutions are being greenwashed?

How can food systems mitigate/adapt, rather than drive climate change?
00:00:00 Introduction

00:03:55 Setting the scene on food systems and climate Ricardo Salvador opens with an overview: how do industrial farming practices (and the prioritization of profit) drive climate change? why should we go beyond carbon in our narratives of climate mitigation?

00:13:00 About the panelists

00:14:09 How are food systems contributing to climate change? And how is climate change impacting agriculture? Lim Li Ching contrasts the impacts and emissions of industrial agriculture vs. small-scale (biologically diverse) forms of agriculture.

00:17:52 What ARE the big stories on food and climate? Listen for Thin’s 5 key take-home storylines for food and climate. Thin also breaks down the unhappy marriage of agriculture & climate, and the power imbalances that are driving food insecurity.

00:22:00 What can we expect for food at COP27? Shefali Sharma breaks down several problematic initiatives at COP27 (AIM4C, technology-driven fixes..) and the problems with carbon markets and offsets. Shefali highlights what COP27 should actually aim to achieve, and the meaningful actions governments should take instead.

00:30:30 What are the business interests at stake at COP27? Ching unpacks the tensions between companies protecting profits, and why “nature-based” solutions and offsets are greenwashed solutions that avoid tackling the root causes of the climate crisis.

00:34:38 What do farmers need out of COP27? Edie Mukiibi unpacks what farmers are demanding for, and highlights real, deep solutions for the climate crisis.

00:40:00 About Agroecology Edie explains how agroecology is successfully mitigating and adapting to climate change.

00:46:50 Is the focus on carbon useful, or a problem? Ching and Shefali dive deep on this issue, and present more holistic, ecologically-grounded approaches. “Carbon consultants get thousands, thousands of dollars to monitor, report and verify. Kenyan farmers as of two years ago got $15 a year for implementing these practices.”

00:53:14 A toolkit for greenwashing! Five guiding questions to evaluate solutions for greenwashing.

00:57:15 Open Q&A begins

00:58:17 How much is climate change driving food insecurity? How can mitigation and adaptation help?

01:01:16 What are the obstacles for journalists in food/climate reporting? And how can journalists cover these topics in a way that is digestible?

01:04:00 Will governments adopt agroecology?

01:06:50 Is this “3%” of climate finance for agriculture enough?

01:09:05 What are the joys of living in relationship with land (and agroecology)?

01:11:43 Are you hopeful that COP27 will properly address food and agriculture?

01:14:52 Thin’s tips on covering COP27 “solutions.”

01:16:05 What can we do more to promote Indigenous food systems as solutions?

01:17:47 How is climate change affecting the emergence of animal diseases?

01:20:27 How Industrial livestock breeds vulnerability

01:21:55 Speakers reiterate what journalists can look out for around COP27.

01:25:44 Thin gives final reporting tips on greenwashing and grassroots solutions.

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