Topic 3 Actions to promote climate change adaptation

Case study: Urban Farming

Name the Protagonist:

Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (USA)

What is their Story?

The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm is a naturally grown farm and community-driven organization that provides training, education and support services for those who are interested in transforming their lives and communities through agriculture. They are committed to identifying and implementing effective programming activities and processes that will help create healthy communities. Their overarching goal is to create sustainable urban agriculture and build stronger communities.

Their produce is certified naturally grown and harvested with care by the hands of staff and volunteers who support an equitable food distribution system. They provide gardening and agricultural training to ensure families learn to feed themselves and to create future generations of urban agriculturalists. Metro Atlanta Urban Farm believes everyone deserves access to affordable high quality produce.

Most importantly, their goal is to feed you well! At Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, they believe everyone should have access to affordable fresh produce that is grown free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.  Their mission is to reduce barriers to healthy living in urban communities by encouraging, promoting, and supporting health education and sustainable high-quality,  low-cost agricultural production through gardening and farm training.

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Why is this a Good Example to Follow?

The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm is a a self-sustaining unit where healthy, local food is grown. At the same time, a community is being created around the farm, which, in addition to growing healthy food, is raising awareness of its environmental responsibility.

This example shows that it is possible to grow healthy food locally, cheaply and without the need to import food from elsewhere, thus reducing the ecological footprint of transport.

How can you use this Case Study to Adapt to Climate Change?

This is a good example to see how much we can do by ourselves to protect the environment by growing our own food with our friends, which can eventually can be organized into a larger community, even an entire city.

Sharing and disseminating this and similar examples on social media can inspire and encourage others to start similar projects.

What impact has this case study example achieved?

Individuals can take small steps towards environmental action, and if it works well, over time many will join in and it will grow into a mass movement, contributing to environmental protection on a large scale.


Self-reflection questions

  • Question 1 – Why is there a need for urban farming?
  • Question 2 – What are the benefits of consuming locally produced foods?
  • Question 3 – How can you decrease your carbon footprint by being a more thoughtful shopper
  • Question 4 – How can you decrease the amount food that you consume?

Case study: Video

Debriefing Questions (after the video)

Q. NoQuestions
Question 1:How can human communities adapt to climate change?
Question 2:What measures can we take to adapt ourselves to climate change?
Question 3:What steps can you take to adapt to climate change?