Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity and the planet. It threatens food security, biodiversity, health, and livelihoods. But there is a solution that can help mitigate its effects and adapt to its impacts: livestock.
Livestock are not only a source of food, income, and nutrition for millions of people, but also a key ally in the fight against climate change. Livestock can help sequester carbon, restore degraded lands, enhance soil health, and provide renewable energy. Livestock can also help communities cope with climate shocks and stresses, such as droughts, floods, and pests.
That is why the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and other livestock partners have launched the #SolutionswithLegs campaign. The campaign aims to drive more funding and attention to livestock as a sustainable and critical solution to the climate crisis. The campaign showcases climate-smart solutions and the voices of farmers, herders, pastoralists, and livestock allies who are driving positive change in the livestock sector.
One of the main features of the campaign is the #MyClimateSolution social media initiative, which invites “frontline voices” to share their stories and solutions around livestock. For seven days, starting from 30 November, the campaign will share and amplify user-generated content that demonstrates individual climate actions. The campaign wants to hear from farmers, small entrepreneurs, youth, scientists, policy experts, and anyone who is passionate about livestock and the environment.
To join the campaign, simply record a short video of yourself or someone you know explaining how you are using livestock to address climate change. Then, post it on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook with the hashtags #MyClimateSolution and #SolutionswithLegs. You can also visit the Why Livestock Matter website to learn more about the campaign, access resources, and find out about livestock-related events at COP28.
By participating in the campaign, you will help spread the word about the importance of livestock for climate action and sustainable development. You will also inspire others to take action and join the movement. Together, we can make a difference and show the world that livestock is a climate solution with legs.
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