Join Dr. Peter Carter, Paul Beckwith and Regina Valdez as they discuss the increasingly dire situation of global food insecurity exacerbated by the effects of climate change.
This video was recorded on October 11th, 2023, and published on October 22nd, 2023.
The discussion opens with the growing food crisis in the Central American Dry Corridor, where unstable weather patterns have led to the degradation of crops and livestock, triggering migration and social upheaval. Significant impacts of extreme weather events on global food production and the alarming consequences of governments’ inaction on climate change are mentioned along with the grim projection of a potential 3.2°C global temperature increase by the end of the century. This will lead to the collapse of agricultural systems worldwide.
The urgency of the situation is emphasized by the acute risks associated with disrupted weather patterns and jet stream disturbances, highlighting the potential for simultaneous crop failures in major food-producing regions. The grim reality of the breakdown of civilizations due to climate-induced disasters is mentioned as exemplified by the current plight of populations in the Middle East. The detrimental impact of rising temperatures on crop nutritional value and the impending risks posed by disruptions in ocean currents is also discussed.
A stark picture of a world in the grip of a global food crisis aggravated by climate change-induced disruptions was shared with an urgent call for action and adaptation strategies. This video is a wake-up call to policymakers and the public to prioritize climate action and sustainable food production to mitigate an impending catastrophe.
Dr. Peter Carter - MD, Expert IPCC Reviewer and the director of the Climate Emergency Institute
Paul Beckwith - Climate Systems Scientist. Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Paleoclimatology Laboratory as well as at Carleton University
Regina Valdez - Program Director, Climate Reality Project, NYC. GreenFaith Fellow and LEED Green Associate
Charles Gregoire – Climate Reality Leader, Electrical Engineer, Webmaster and IT prime for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum
Heidi Brault - Climate Reality Leader, BA(Psychology), Library & Information Technician Diploma - Video production and website assistant - Organizer and convener, Metadata technician, COP28 Team Lead for FacingFuture.Earth and the Climate Emergency Forum.
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