“When we think about global warming, we think about transportation, we think about how we heat our houses, but in fact, how we eat has just as big an impact on climate change.” Michael Pollan, from the film Nourish
About one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food industry – that’s more than from all transportation combined. The Cool Harvest program supports educating congregational communities about the impact of their food choices and will help facilitate dialogue and action.
The Cool Harvest program consists of a viewing of the film Nourish, which traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps, illustrating how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. This is followed by a facilitated discussion, resources for finding sustainable food sources in your area, and an advocacy guide for the 2012 Farm Bill. The entire program is accompanied by a “cool potluck” at the host church.
This program not only catches onto the popular interest in sustainable food, but draws the connection between people’s food choices and its impact on our environment.