Food Wave

Catch the wave, lead the change.

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Together we can stop the climate change

We are an international community of young people who are active across 17 countries worldwide. Our aim is to create awareness of sustainable approaches to consuming and producing food in our cities in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and to have an influential voice in institutional decisions, so we can achieve a fair and sustainable global food system by 2030.

Food: our powerful factor
for change

What we farm, eat and waste carries significant effects on our health, as well as on environmental, social and economic justice. We believe that everyone has the right to food and climate security; that malnutrition can be overcome, and that communities should be able to live in harmony with nature. We can do this – join us now to find out how!

How can we reach our final goal?

A fair and sustainable food system means respecting human rights and the planet’s boundaries. By walking this path together, we will manage to guarantee livelihoods for everyone, and countries will be able to achieve both the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and those of the Paris Agreement. Let’s give it a try!

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Do you want to be part of the change?

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    Choose a healthy diet
  • 2
    Choose local food products and markets
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    Be a local urban farmer and fight against food waste
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    Improve your food education and share your healthier lifestyle with friends
  • 5
    Take action to cool the planet and to ensure that everyone has access to healthy, sustainable and fair food sources
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THE FOOD-CLIMATE NEXUS

numbers in brief

Gas emissions
Freshwater consumption

Food production and consumption

is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of freshwater consumption

690 million

PEOPLE SUFFER FROM HUNGER EVERY DAY

2 billion

PEOPLE SUFFER FROM FOOD INSECURITY

Agriculture provides livelihoods for two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor (750 million people)

Climate variability will affect around 2.5 billion small farmers, food producers, fishermen, and shepherds who derive their livelihoods from natural resources

Sustainable diets can lead to a reduction of between 41%–74% in the social cost of GHG emissions for 2030

What can you do?

  • Choose a healthy diet
    • More: seasonal products, tap water, self-cooked meals
    • Less: red and processed meat/fish/dairy products
  • Choose local products and markets
    • Buy directly from small local producers or farmers’ markets
    • For exotic products, choose the fair trade circuit
    • Join local food hubs or ethical purchasing groups
  • Fight against waste
    • Avoid or re-use leftovers
    • Recycle and compost
    • Choose bulk goods or light/recyclable packaging
  • Take action in your community and in your city
    • Be an urban farmer
    • Do your part and try balcony gardening / garden farming
    • Volunteer for local food assistance projects for poor and marginalised people
    • Join networks, forums, and organisations that are active in the areas of food and climate justice

Food Wave: what we can do together

  • Learn more on food and climate issues Workshops, discussion fora, events, and training sessions for activists: these are but a few opportunities that Food Wave is able to provide to improve your skills and share your experiences.
  • Raise our voice Together we can promote street actions, campaigns and events to create awareness on the food/climate nexus: are you with us?
  • Address institutions and policy makers We want to have an impact on the decisions made by relevant stakeholders in our cities: from schools to local administrations, we are going to put our priorities “on the plate.”

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About Food Wave

Food Wave is co-funded by the EU and promoted by the Municipality of Milan, together with 30 partners across 17 countries, 21 cities, and 11 civil society organisations that include NGOs, and C40 – the international network of cities engaged in the fight against climate change

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