Community and National Approaches to Climate Change and Food Security – Achieving Food Security in an Unstable Climate (videos)

Please watch the next set of four You Tube videos (two videos are repeats from Module Three) and choose one of them to base your short essay on. A question is provided to go with each video, in this week’s Essay Activity. 

The videos below provide multiple perspectives on the question: What can we do as a community of nations, and a nation of communities, to achieve food security in an unstable climate?

Please watch these videos and consider the questions that I have associated with them. After doing so, please proceed to the next page where you will be asked to select one of the videos, and answer the associated question in a 300 word mini-essay.

You might consider taking a few notes whole you watch the video, so that you can put together your mini-essay.

 

How to ensure Food Security in Times of Climate Change – 4:01

Do you believe eco system function can help mitigate climate change? We talked about ecosystems being revitalized to support agriculture and fisheries. But in this video are these calls to action a function of global or local initiatives? How does this affect you and your community directly?

 

How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate – 6:00

Do you believe large scale food production habits contribute to climate change? Do you think growing food on a small scale is more sustainable? Does this narrative take into consideration community food security as we have come to define it in this course?

 

Understanding Climate-Smart Agriculture – 2:46

Small scale farmers are discussed in this video. Can you talk about climate-smart agriculture? What is it and do you have this type of agricultural food production in your community where you currently reside? These methods are quite different than what is discussed in the first and second videos. Does smart agriculture include Indigenous practices and attitudes towards climate change and food security?

Climate Change and Agriculture: America’s Heartland – 6:21

This video is interesting because if you listen closely, it contrasts small scale and industrial food production. Again, various strategies are presented. Can you summarize these strategies and describe how they can benefit global climate change and global food security? I especially like the very last speaker’s statement. Discuss.

Mini Essay: Selected Video Response

This assignment is meant to prompt you to think about a key issue in climate adaptation practices that is of interest to you. Please select one of the previous four videos, and answer the question associated with each of them in a few short paragraphs. A page that has one inch, 2.54 cm borders, 12 font, Times New Roman preferred is usually about 350 words, which is the maximum required for this activity. I have asked for 300 words double spaced so it is less than one page. And you also do not need to double space. That is simple a spatial reference guide. Please do not worry about making your response perfect!

The four videos are:

  1. How to ensure Food Security in Times of Climate Change – 4:01 minutesDo you believe eco system function can help mitigate climate change? We talked about ecosystems being revitalized to support agriculture and fisheries. But in this video are these calls to action a function of global or local initiatives? How does this affect you and your community directly?
  2. How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate – 6:00Do you believe large scale food production habits contribute to climate change? Do you think growing food on a small scale is more sustainable? Does this narrative take into consideration community food security as we have come to define it in this course?
  3. Understanding Climate-Smart Agriculture – 2:46Small scale farmers are discussed in this video. Can you talk about climate-smart agriculture? What is it and do you have this type of agricultural food production in your community where you currently reside? These methods are quite different than what is discussed in the first and second videos. Does smart agriculture include Indigenous practices and attitudes towards climate change and food security? Can this method of food production be classified as a food sovereignty movement? Why or why not?
  4. Climate Change and Agriculture: America’s Heartland – 6:21This video is interesting because if you listen closely, it contrasts small scale and industrial food production. Again, various strategies are presented. Can you summarize these strategies and describe how they can benefit global climate change mitigation and global food security? I especially like the very last speaker’s statement. Discuss.

 

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