Caroline Wimberly at our exhibit booth.

This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24 for short) takes place from December 3-14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Associate Caroline Wimberly will be participating in a series of events and collaborative initiatives with the goal of raising awareness of and laying the groundwork for concrete action on animal agriculture and climate change. We have a shared exhibit booth with our colleagues Global Forest Coalition (GFC). Some of the materials that can be found at our booth include our submissions to the Talanoa Dialogue. The Talanoa Dialogue, which was an outcome of COP23, takes stock of the collective efforts of countries in relation to progress towards the Paris Agreement goals and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). It also aims to elevate the voices of those most effected by climate change and usually with the least representation.


From left to right: Steve Chiu, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation; Caroline Wimberly, Brighter Green; and David Pedersen, ProVeg International.

There was a press conference with Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, alongside ProVeg International and Brighter Green, in an aligned effort to work for the benefit of the climate and health. It took place on Monday, 3rd December in Press Conference Room Katowice, Area F. Brighter Green announced its new joint report with the Center for Biological Diversity and Farm Forward, members of the Food and Climate Alliance, “The Climate Cost of Food at COP24,” reflecting on the need for more climate-friendly food options in the very spaces climate negotiations take place. They found that the meat-heavy menu, featuring twice as many meat-based options as plant-based ones, at COP24 could contribute more than 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases to the climate crisis. If international climate conferences hope to lead the way in addressing the climate crisis, organizers can’t afford to overlook the food offered at their events. A press release can be found here. A webcast of the press conference can be found here.

Graph from The Climate Cost of Food at COP24

Brighter Green joined the Global Forest Coalition (GFC) and Friends of Siberian Forests (FSF) in hosting a side event called 1.5 degrees from a community perspective on Wednesday, 5th December from 16:45—18:15 in Room Warmia. Reaching the global 1.5 degrees target in the land use sector will have significant impacts on the rights, needs and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and women on the ground. The event discussed the impacts of options like BECCS, large-scale biosequestration, and shifting diets. A webcast of the event can be viewed here.

Saturday, 8th December was Food Day  at the Greenpeace Climate Hub, Klub Królestwo (opposite the COP venue), which served as the civil society space. The day-long program was organized by ProVeg International, focusing on the important relationship between our food and climate change. Caroline participated in the first session, “Talanoa around the world – Innovative Food Solutions” from 9:00 – 10:30. The all-female panel shared stories, including food solutions in tackling climate change. Other sessions continued the conversation about food, animal agriculture, climate change and their important relationship.

Lastly, be sure to be on a lookout for information about the Food and Climate Alliance gathering, which will take place on the Saturday, 8th December at 2:00 PM in Meeting Room 18. This alliance envisions a future global food system that is healthy for people and the climate. They provide a platform for communication and collaboration among non-governmental organizations to enhance civil society efforts that inform and influence agricultural climate policy at local, national, and global levels. Member include Brighter Green, ProVeg International, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, ClimateNexus, and Meatless Monday, among others.