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Tuesday 3rd June 2008

Food and Climate Action

3rd June 2008

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/img/campaigns/fooddaybites.jpgClimate Action, (the Climate Camp people), called for a day of action that bites .... an opportunity to highlight the message the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. A vegan diet can save an equivalent of 1.5 tonnes CO2 per person every year.

Groups around the country organised free vegan food events, stalls in town, banner drops, demos outside supermarkets, blockades of unsustainable food suppliers, street theatre etc.

(See flier for the June 3rd Food & Climate Action day: pdf)

In Nottingham Eastside Climate Action and Veggies Catering Campaign held a Demo & free vegan food giveaway at Victoria Centre Clocktower with wheelbarrows of skipped food, veg, free Veggies food; anti-tesco banners, flyers, etc! Afterwards a group visited Fresh at St Anns allotments for a tour. It's an amazing & inspiring vegetable growing heaven for those that haven't seen it & well worth a visit. See Tescopoly Info and reports at Notts Indymedia and here

London Food Not Bombs - Free Food Giveaway at Camberwell McDonalds. Email

Manchester Climate Action - Free Food and Guerrilla Gardening!. Email

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A Day of Climate Action that Bites

The food we eat contributes up to a third of the emissions poisoning the planet. It's time for a detox ... changing our diet is one of the most effective steps we can take!

Our unsustainable appetites are already causing climate change. We urgently need to change our way of life to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the next ten years. It's time to switch to plant-based, organic, seasonal and locally produced food.

There is nothing more fundamental than food! Climate action starts on your dinner plate, at the supermarket, on your allotment and in your back yard, at the food processing and distribution centres, down on the farm, in your high street, at the airport and at the lorry park.

The UN Conference on World Food Security and Climate Change runs from 3rd to 5th June. Whatever your tastes, there's something for everyone on this action menu! Local food markets, free food stalls, workshops and film showings, street theatre, info stalls, protests and direct action, cooking demonstrations, talks, allotment shows. Get creative and get involved!

Local organic food, growing your own, veganism, permaculture, food security, humanitarian issues, transport campaigning, agrofuels, GM food ... make the links on climate change ... take action on the 3rd of June toward a low-carbon diet!

Info and resources:

3 months ... 3 days of climate action

April 1st ... Fossil Fools

May 1st ... Invasion of the Climate Snatchers

June 3rd ... Food and Climate Change

Why climate action on food?

Climate chaos is one of the biggest threats we're facing. Climate chaos will not only affect humanity, but is already leading to the extinction of species and the collapse of ecosystems all around the world. To stop runaway climate change we have to drastically reduce our greenhouse emission within the next ten years.

The kind of food we eat contributes up to a third of our greenhouse emissions. The livestock sector alone generates 18% of all greenhouse gases. Changing your diet is one of the easiest ways to cut emissions yet it's something not many people talk about. To avoid the devastating effects of climate chaos we can't continue eating food imported from the other side of the world, nor base our diet on animal products.

Get involved!

Take action on 3rd June and help highlight the role of food and the food industry in climate chaos.

Whether you're into local food, permaculture, animal rights, allotment growing, humanitarian issues, food politics, transport campaigning - join the dots on climate change.
  • Livestock industry produces 100 million tonnes methane each year (FAO, as below)

  • Methane is 23 times more harmful to the climate than C02 (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization).

  • 1.5 tonnes CO2 is saved annually by a vegan diet (4kg/person/day) (New Scientist)

  • Livestock is also a major source of land and water degradation.

  • As well as saving 1.5 tonnes CO2 every year, each person that goes Vegan For Life, will save 4022 animals lives, enabling all the world’s peoples to receive a Fair Share of the world’s resources.

Organise free vegan food events, stalls in your town, banner drops, demos outside supermarkets, blockades of unsustainable food suppliers, street theatre think creatively and get involved! And if you can't do something on the day itself, promote it by doing something on the Saturday before it.

The day of action is called by the Network for Climate Action, a network of autonomous groups taking action against the root causes of climate chaos. It coincides with the UN Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy from 3rd to 5th June 2008.

Download, print and distribute the flier: "Fight Climate Change - Go Vegan": [pdf . html]

Meet Daisy the cow – global climate’s enemy number one

ethical manWhen BBC TV Newsnight reporter Justin Rowlatt ('Ethical Man') started to investigate the impact of food on the environment he thought he would find himself fretting over food miles. In fact transport is a tiny component of agriculture’s worldwide contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

No, the main culprit is out there in the fields, chewing her cud. It turns out that livestock – predominantly cattle – are responsible for an astonishing proportion of global warming gases - 18 per cent of the total, to be precise.

Read more details of the global livestock industry's emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide at the Newsnight Blog or view the Newsnight report at Veggies events.

Veggies Climate Change Campaigns

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We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, ‘Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals’. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

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