The UN has issued a warning that climate change could lead to a dwindling food supply.
Climate change due to global warming is a hazard alright. The United Nations has laid down the principle that if pollution and wastage are not curbed right now, the future risks are immense. We are looking at malnutrition for a majority of humanity.
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Due to the food supply being affected, 600 million unfortunate people could end up being malnourished. The ensuing starvation will be something from our worst nightmares and might cause everything from bloody revolutions to internecine warfare.
“Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080,” warned Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in a news release.
“Increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather, rising temperatures and sea levels, as well as floods and droughts have a significant impact on the right to food,” said the expert. “All these climate incidents will negatively impact on crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and on people’s livelihoods,” she added.
“Responding to the food demand through large-scale production oriented agricultural models is not the right solution,” warned Ms. Elver.
“There is a need for a major shift from industrial agriculture to transformative systems such as agro-ecology that support the local food movement, protect small holder farmers, respect human rights, food democracy and cultural traditions, and at the same time maintain environmental sustainability and facilitate a healthy diet.”
“Those who have contributed the least to global warming are the ones set to suffer the most from its harmful effects,” stressed Ms. Elver. “Urgent action is needed to respond to the challenges posed by climate change,” she added, “but mitigation and adaptation policies should respect the right to food as well as other fundamental human rights.”
By the time we will be approaching the end of this century, things will have hurtled out of control. Among the indicators of trouble may be included: violent weather conditions, rising heat waves, elevated sea levels, deluges and desertification. All of these will have a considerable impact on the quality and quantity of crops.
Everything from staple crops to farm animals and from fisheries to individual jobs will be affected direly. No one will be immune from the rumblings of this socio-quake of sorts. The means through which humanity procures its food will have to be shifted to a more eco-friendly model. Otherwise disaster stares us in the face.
People will have to act local, return to small-scale farming, show a genuine regard for human agency and adopt a back to basics approach of living. A common culture and grassroots democracy figure somewhere in the mix.
The goal is one of a sustainable future and taking what you want from Mother Nature without plundering it in the process. It might seem paradoxical but precisely those countries that are the least culpable in matters of polluting the earth are going to pay the heaviest price for the upcoming global warming crisis.
If we don’t act now, it will be a catastrophe wrapped in a disaster rolled in a tragedy. This is something that nobody wants to happen no matter how evil they may be.
“Civil society pressure is mounting on the parties of the UNFCCC to achieve results in Paris by adopting a human rights approach to the climate change agreement that will respect, protect and fulfill human rights of all persons, and especially those most vulnerable. Any agreement must include a clear commitment by all relevant parties to ensuring climate justice and food security for all,” stressed Ms. Elver.
“As jointly stated by all special procedure mandate holders* on World Environment Day in June, Governments should ̔make sure that human rights are at the core of climate change governance.’”
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The UN Climate Change Conference will decide many of the objectives for application in order to ward off the cruel fate of drought and crop failure. If humanity is to survive this century, which has been called the Century of the Mind, then it must put two and two together and act fast. And here action must be wielded with thought. The ecological health of the planet and its denizens depends upon it.