Climate change campaigning

Large, supermarket chains with greater purchasing power have sprung up.  Local traditional markets in many cities around the world have disappeared over past two decades.   

 

In urban and rural areas across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, people have always shopped daily for fresh produce from farmers and wholesalers.  

 

The market and market towns are a lifeline.  A way of life spanning thousands of years of trade.

Farmers Market

What you can do

Support local growers

 

Eco labelling such as Organic, Eco, Fairtrade labelling is complicated to apply for and to aquire by small farmers and growers.  

 

There is a disparity of labelling standards across all countries.

 

However, switching to buy direct and local where possible you are helping a farming community or individual growers raise their living standards in poorer circumstances.

What others have done

Revitalising farmers' markets

 

Similar situations have taken place in rapid urbanization around the world.  

 

As the race for development has taken over land and raised rental costs, local neighbourhood shops, stalls which were once artisanal, have no succession plan and are fast disappearing.  This in turn leads to communities dispersing and anonymity setting in.  

But in some communities and countries around the world there is a call for re-establishing farmer's markets, and even online platforms that allow people to order from farm to fork!

Woman with Crate of Vegetables

A checklist

Buy from small farmers.

 

Buy direct from your local producer and ditch the packaging.

 

Around the world farmers are coming together to sell direct for better living wage.  

 

Small online retailers are bridging the gap and supplying from farm to fork. Check who is doing that in your region.  Is it organic or are they using natural fertilizers?

Call for change

Actions to Fight Climate Change

 

Simple things you can do

 

Get involved – walk, cycle, public transport vs using a petrol car

Limit personal consumption

Limit your food waste and household waste

Use less energy at home

Limit your air travel and general travel

Transport – buy an electric plug in vehicle or hybrid

Give your home an energy efficient retrofit

Use renewable energy

 

Image by Mika Baumeister