Food systems around the globe are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which are set to become more frequent and intense over the coming decades. Crop cultivation, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as related sectors such as forestry are heavily affected by changes in weather patterns, extreme weather events, and slow-onset processes such as sea-level rise, soil degradation, and loss of ecosystem services. Climate change exacerbates existing social and economic vulnerabilities in food producers, communities, and supply and value chains. A just transition will be vital to enable more resilient development and help protect lives, livelihoods, businesses, public finances, and infrastructure. To ensure that the planet moves towards a sustainable, ethical and climate-friendly and food secure one, it is important to address economic, social and environmental risk in a holistic and inclusive manner. Further, it is crucial to engage key stakeholders from different sectors, exchange experiences, and coordinate efforts to manage risks and build resilience.
SLYCAN Trust works to strengthen the awareness and understanding of sustainable, ethical and climate-friendly food systems through engagement with diverse stakeholders on different levels, research, policy analysis, the creation of an evidence base, identification of entry points and opportunities, knowledge-sharing and dissemination, and capacity-building of key actors.
Meatless Monday Sri Lanka
The Meatless Monday Sri Lanka campaign draws on the successful worldwide campaigns of Meatless Monday and has as its main objective the reduction of meat consumption and awareness creation on the many benefits to human and animal health and wellbeing, the environment, biodiversity, and the climate that are provided by plant-based, cruelty-free diets and sustainable lifestyles.
The campaign is organised in collaboration with Humane Society International (HSI), one of the key organisations working towards protecting all animals and creating a cruelty-free environment for them to live in through the promotion of animal welfare across the world. In line with SLYCAN Trust’s work related to animal welfare in Sri Lanka and initiatives on climate change and sustainable consumption and production, Meatless Monday Sri Lanka aims to advocate and creating awareness on the need to shift towards a plant-based diet to address issues of cruelty to animals, health, and adverse impacts of climate change. Meatless Monday Sri Lanka includes research on climate-friendly, sustainable and resilient food systems, entrepreneurship development and acceleration, promotion of sustainable business concepts, and supporting a shift towards leading sustainable lifestyles. The campaign provides resources required for consumers, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions on making lifestyle or business changes that are climate-friendly and humane.
A Project Supported by Humane Society International
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