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WFP: 7 ways to kickstart your climate action

Steps you can take to make a difference as the world heats up
, Jenny Wilson
a child is carrying a box over his head while he is walking in a flooded area
A boy carries a box of WFP food assistance through floodwaters in Bangladesh – a country on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Photo: WFP/SayedAsifMahmud

Heatwaves. Droughts. Floods. The effects of the climate crisis can be overwhelming and leave us feeling hopeless. But as the World Food Programme warns of a global food crisis (and calls for US$22.2 billion to reach 152 million people this year), there is so much we can do to reduce our impact on the planet. Here are some tips to get you started!

Eat local 

Food is often transported right across the globe to bring it to our plates – producing lots of emissions on the way. Eating locally produced food is a great way to reduce your environmental impact and support small businesses in your community. Even better if you are able to eat a diverse diet of different foods that is largely plant-based. 

a box full of squash
Packing freshly collected eggplants in Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/Sayed Asif Mahmud

Listen to positive news

Of course, it’s important to keep up with what’s happening in the world but sometimes we just need to hear something positive to inspire us into acting. There are some great podcasts, social media accounts and news outlets offering positive climate news. A couple of suggestions:

For What It’s Earth is a podcast that breaks down big issues into bite-sized episodes. 

The Daily Climate has a section called ‘Good News’ which showcases positive climate stories from around the world. 

a WFP staff is laughing with a beneficiary
Smallholder farmer in Sierra Leone is growing vegetables for a local school feeding programme. Photo: WFP 

Rethink your travel 

The transport sector is a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions causing global temperatures to rise. Wherever possible try and use sustainable modes of transport like trains or bicycles. Or how about exploring somewhere in your local area rather than taking a long-distance flight? 

a school girl is riding bicycle
Student rides her bike home from school in Cambodia. Photo: WFP/NickSells

Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle 

I bet you remember always being encouraged to recycle? While recycling is better than tossing items into the trash, we should first try and reduce what we consume in the first place. Clothes, electronics and so many day-to-day items contribute emissions and waste during their production process as well as when transporting them to our shops and homes. Try and buy less or second-hand, repair if you can and as a last resort recycle.  

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Reduce and reuse as much as possible. Photo: WFP

Join a local action group 

Meeting other people who care about climate action can really help. How about joining a group in your local area that takes action against climate change? If you can’t find one, why not start one yourself! 

a WFP staff is talking with a beneficiary
WFP staffer meets a participant in a resilience project in Kenya. Photo: WFP/FredrikLerneryd

Write to your local leaders

It’s important to tell our leaders that we need to tackle the climate emergency. If they know this is an issue their community cares about, they are more likely to change policy and bring about the change we need. You could write them an email or even arrange a meeting.   

a boy is sitting on a desk at his school
We must act against climate change to protect future generations such as the schoolchildren pictured in Syria. Photo: WFP/Lina Al Qassab

Spread the word! 

Make sure you talk to your family and friends and encourage them to take action with you. The more of us who understand this issue and how to tackle it, the better chance we have of protecting both people and planet. 

Find out what the World Food Programme is doing to tackle the climate crisis 

Now is the
time to act

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