NYC CLIMATE CONVERGENCE
Part teach-in, part festival the NYC Climate Convergence will be taking place in the run-up to the People’s Climate March on September 21st. The objective is to explore the root causes of climate change and to strengthen bonds within the climate movement before the march and beyond. There are workshops, trainings, and speakers being hosted all over the city. If you’ll be in NYC on Sept. 19 and 20, check out all of the activities sponsored by Climate Convergence: http://convergeforclimate.org/ (for a current PDF of the schedule, click here).
Below is a selection of food-focused Climate Convergence events
NYC CLIMATE CONVERGE FOOD JUSTICE TEACH-IN: NYC Urban Ag: Growing a Just Food System
- Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
- Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Location: La Plaza Cultural garden, 9th St. & Avenue C, NYC
The urban agriculture movement is thriving in many cities all over the country--indeed, all over the world--because citizens see enormous benefit to their local economies, environment, and health. And New York City is at the forefront of this movement with urban farmers and food producers of all stripes, from community gardeners supplementing their food budgets, social enterprise farms that provide jobs and training to build economic opportunity, CSAs that connect urban and rural farmers to communities that lack access to affordable and healthy produce, and for-profit rooftop and other scalable urban food enterprises that help supply consumers’ and restaurants’ booming demand for local organic produce. Fostering a strong New York City agriculture and food production is an effective way to address multiple food justice issues, including food safety, food security, and food sovereignty. Hear from people working to make it possible for NYC residents to have sources of local healthy food that they can trust.
- Moderator: Carolyn Zezima
- Panelists: Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC; Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network; Chef Barbara Sibley, La Palapa
La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez is located at the southwest corner of 9th Street & Avenue C.
Visual Realities of Climate Change: Food, Communities, and Landscapes.
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:45-12:15 PM
Location: Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces (MoRUS), Video Room, 155 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Here's a short description: the effects of climate change are seen in Brighter Green's short documentary film, What's For Dinner? (Chinese with English subtitles), and Carolyn Monastra's photographs. Hazel Zhang, creator of the successful Chinese blog VegPlanet, will discuss her experiences in China and Meatless Monday’s program director Morgan Johnson will talk about her work in the United States. They'll be joined by Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou, who's recently back from the China screening tour for What's For Dinner?
The Carbon Underground
Stopping fossil-foolishness isn't enough. We've got to get the carbon in the atmosphere back underground. There are tried and true, low-tech ways to do this: organic agriculture, composting and carbon ranching. If practiced globally, these soil-building techniques could sequester 100 percent of current annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Film Screening: Soil Carbon Cowboys
Peter Byck's short film introduces Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis, ranchers who are regenerating their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable.
12:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Family Farmers Can Solve the Climate Crisis, But Only if We Restore Economic Justice
The world's 2 billion family farmers, whose low-tech, land-management practices conserve water, improve soil health, prevent soil erosion and increase crop yields, are capable of feeding the world. They also hold the solution to climate change: The more organic matter they add to the soil, the more CO2 they draw out of the atmosphere.
But while family farmers, primarily in the Global South, produce 70 percent of the world's food on 25 percent of the world's land, these so-called "subsistence farmers" have always struggled. Climate change makes their struggle even harder. How do we empower these farmers and reverse global warming at the same time? In this workshop, farmers from the U.S. and around the world will offer their proposals for economic justice, from support for organic and Fair Trade agriculture, to community rights to natural resources, and the human right to food.
Speakers 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Speakers 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Now that the U.S. Supports "Climate-Smart Agriculture" Is Reform of Our Climate-Dumb Food System Possible?
CLIMATE AND FOOD JUSTICE FORUM: BUILDING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN NEW YORK AND PUERTO RICO
Tuesday, September 23
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Columbia Law School
435 W 116th Street
Jerome Green Hall, Room 107
(116th St. stop on the 1 train)
Sign up at http://climatejustice.eventbrite.com
Space is Limited
Join us for an exciting forum exploring the link between food justice and climate change!
New York and Puerto Rico are home to some of the most climate vulnerable communities in the United States. Advocates and residents in both regions increasingly see food justice as critical to bolstering their communities’ resiliency in the face of climate change. The forum will explore that connection, highlighting how farmers and activists in both regions are developing climate smart alternatives to conventional agriculture.
For more information, please email Nate Rosenberg at nrosenberg [at] nrdc.org.
Cindy Madeleiny Camacho Bernard
Estudiantes Dispuestos a la Restauración Ambiental
Sweet Freedom Farm
Keisha Morale Rodríguez
Estudiantes Dispuestos a la Restauración Ambiental
Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero