Public Knowledge, Engagement Critical To Reducing Impacts Of Climate Change, Food Insecurity

The Guardian: Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’
Barack Obama, former president of the United States

“During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. … [T]he good news is that there are steps we can take that will make a difference … The path to a sustainable food future will require unleashing the creative power of our best scientists, and engineers and entrepreneurs, backed by public and private investment, to deploy new innovations in climate-smart agriculture. … [W]e’re starting to see a better way to feed a growing planet, combat hunger and malnutrition, put healthy food on the table, and save our environment. … Food has not been the focus of climate change discussions as much as it should have been. … [P]art of the problem that we need to address is just lack of knowledge in the general public. … If we’re going to be successful, we have to engage producers. We also have to engage consumers. … When we think about issues like food security or climate change, ultimately politicians can help guide policy. But the energy to bring about change is going to come from what people do every day… ” (5/26).

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