From June 27 to July 1, Covering Climate Now and our news partners will undertake another of our signature joint coverage weeks, focused this time on an aspect of the climate story that unquestionably concerns us all: food and water.
Why food and water? Already, climate change is taking a tremendous toll on the world’s food systems. Environmental disasters and erratic temperatures have laid waste to crops, and rising seas are salinating coastal soils. The consequences for farmers and global food supplies are obvious, as are the knock-on effects for hunger, security, and the cost of food. As usual in the climate story, it’s those who are already disadvantaged who will be hurt the worst.
Food production and consumption practices can also contribute to mitigating climate change. Presently, food production accounts for roughly a third of humanity’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Whatever path we follow to reduce overall emissions, reenvisioning how we feed ourselves must be part of it — a fact which invites exciting innovations, from climate-friendly crops and streamlined supply chains to no-till farming, regenerative agriculture, meat alternatives, reductions in food waste, and the tried-and-tested agricultural practices of Indigenous peoples worldwide. Each of us can help at home, too: Some climate solutions are no more complicated than taking a fresh look at our shopping lists and tweaking the meals we whip up in our kitchens.
CCNow’s ‘Food & Water’ joint coverage week will explore these subjects and more.
We invite journalists everywhere to join us! You can start by hopping over to CCNow’s Slack workspace, where we’ll be brainstorming story ideas with journalists across our collaboration. We’ll also share food and water stories that we think are great examples, and a variety of resources. (To join our workspace, sign up for CCNow or email email@example.com.) Also keep an eye out for our weekly Climate Beat newsletter, in which we’ll share joint coverage week updates.
This will be CCNow’s sixth joint coverage week since our founding in 2019. During these weeks, our partner news organizations boost coverage of a critical aspect of the climate story — including, in previous joint weeks, climate solutions, politics, and the lived experience of climate change. News cycles move fast, and often it’s difficult for even very important stories to break through the noise. Our joint weeks aim to spur a critical mass of coverage that makes the climate story impossible for audiences to miss.
We look forward to working with our partners on this indispensable subject. If you’re a journalist and your organization isn’t yet part of CCNow, follow these instructions.