Climate change and agriculture are tied directly to social equity and rural development. Climate change poses enormous new challenges for food production, farmers and rural communities. IATP works at the intersection of climate and agriculture to advocate for policies and approaches that empower farmers and rural communities to develop appropriate, bottom-up solutions; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help farmers and communities adapt; and advances a fair and just transition toward more climate resilient, agroecological systems for farmers and rural communities. Our Rural Climate Dialogues engage rural communities to take action on climate change.
“What happens when extreme weather becomes more frequent? Laborers will lose work hours due to this,” a farmworker told Community to Community at a Vancouver, Washington listening session on climate change last year.
Josh talks with Tara Ritter about the rollback of the Clean Power Plan, which was proposed by the Obama administration and held up in the courts. The replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule is a thinly veiled attempt to prop up the dying coal industry at the expense of the expanding clean energy sector, including the job boom it would create in rural areas.
Yesterday, more than two hundred national and state-level organizations wrote to their Senators urging them to reject the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. IATP is one of the signatories to the letter.
Last week, IATP launched the report, From the Ground Up: The State of the States on Climate Adaptation for Agriculture. Josh talks with Lachlan Anathasiou, who interned at IATP in summer 2017 about the research he did on the report and the report's findings.
The difficult business of assessing damage in the midst of a heavy storm is worth the effort if findings might offer some protection against further harm, provide insight about what to expect next, and help bind a community together to rebuild.