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Kingston Climate Action speaker to explore link between food and climate change

December 2, 2015 -

Want to know why food is a climate change issue?

Come to the Kingston Climate Action Speaker Series event focused on agriculture and food security and featuring Peter Ladner, author of the Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, as its keynote speaker.

"The world is talking about climate action this week at the UN Climate Summit in Paris. The Kingston Climate Action Speaker Series offers an opportunity to share specific ideas for actions we can all take to reduce carbon emissions," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

Hosted by the City of Kingston and Sustainable Kingston, this free event will also offer booths from several groups with an interest in local food, including: the Loving Spoonful,  the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area,  Save Food Policy Council for KFL&A, National Farmers Union Local 316, the Save Our Prison Farms committee and the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative.

It takes place 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning at 370 King St. W. The keynote presentation starts at 7 p.m.  While the event is free, you can help organizers by registering using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/peter-ladner-urban-food-revolution-kingston-climate-action-speaker-series-tickets-19331722703

"How food reaches our tables and the kinds of foods we choose are climate-change issues because of the energy used in growing and transporting foods. Locally grown foods often have smaller carbon footprints because of reduced energy in transportation," says Paul MacLatchy, the City of Kingston's director of environment & sustainable initiatives. 

The night's keynote speaker, Ladner, is a former member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council and a former Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, where he taught, did research and organized public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is chair of the board of The Natural Step Canada, and vice-chair of the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Before Ladner speaks, there will be an opening presentation on the Kingston Climate Action Plan – the community-built plan to reduce Kingston's greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions by 352,500 tonnes by 2020.

Looking for actions you can take to reduce your ghg? See the plan and explore the climate action tool kit at www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction.

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.