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Inspiring the young generation to take action against climate change – in pictures

We are never too young to start protecting our planet

Climate change is what most of us perceive as the top global threat, and the dangers it poses affect present and future generations alike.  How global warming is threatening the planet has been a theme in children’s books for all ages for some time.  

How everyone, especially today’s youth, can make a difference to the future of the world by changing their everyday habits is the message of FAO’s latest Activity Book, released to celebrate this year’s World Food Day theme: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.

Take a look at these seven different areas related to food and agriculture where change needs to happen. If you are a parent, an educator, a student or simply care about the issue, you can encourage children to pick some of the actions below and try to make a difference.

Forestry

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Forests not only provide shelter and food for people and other creatures, they also produce oxygen, absorb gases like carbon dioxide, and give us plenty of fresh water. Our forests are quickly disappearing, with millions of trees being cut down each year to clear land for farming, among other uses. We have to protect and care for our forests to keep our planet and those who live on it healthy.

Agriculture

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Many of the world’s poorest people are farmers, who are hit hardest by the increase in natural disasters caused by climate change. We need to strengthen their ability to prepare for bad weather, but when it’s particularly bad and disasters are unavoidable, we need to help them recover by reducing the damage and losses.

Livestock management

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The way that farmers look after animals, including cows, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and camels, produces a major share of the green house gases that come from agriculture. Changing the way farmers look after these animals is an important step in making sure they produce less harmful gases. Eating at least one meat free meal every week is something you can do to help.

Food waste

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A large amount of green house gasses are released to produce the food we eat every day. But the worst thing is that over one third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted each year. Wasting food means wasting the money, labour and resources such as energy, land and water that go into producing the food. You can throw away less food by saving leftovers, freezing portions of food, helping your parents to plan your meals, buying only what you need at the supermarket and trying to buy ugly fruits and vegetables.

Natural resources

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At the moment, we’re using far more natural resources than we need to produce food. There are only a limited amount of these resources and they need to be available for families in the future. We’re also using the earth’s precious resources badly and damaging important ecosystems. We’re cutting down forests, polluting our water systems and ruining our soils. If we manage our natural resources sustainably, not only can we help to end hunger, but we can also fight climate change.

Fisheries

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Many people around the world depend on oceans and wetlands to make a living and feed their families. Rising ocean levels, warmer water temperatures, pollution and over-fishing mean that our oceans and wetlands are no longer healthy, and that among other things, we are rapidly reducing the number of healthy fish in our oceans. Changing how we treat our oceans, how we fish and what fish we eat will help to keep our oceans full of fish for years to come.

Food systems

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Food goes through many stages before making it onto your plate, travelling from farms and fields to the market and supermarkets, and finally to your home. This long process is linked like a chain and is known as a food system. If a link breaks, the whole process is interrupted. A sustainable food system can feed our growing population without damaging the planet.

What can YOU do about it? You can tackle climate change by changing your daily habits and making simple decisions. We challenge you to pick four of the actions listed here. Tell us about your actions to combat climate change by using the hashtag #WFD2016 on social networks!

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