The global community has limited time to both curb and prepare for climate change, in order to avoid “intolerable” impacts on human populations. The scientific body the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the world has until 2030 to drastically reduce pollution that causes global warming.
Even with such improvements, food production systems will face severe limits. The global population is increasing more than 2 billion people by 2050. As drought, flooding, and soil and temperatures affect agriculture production, this will most severely impact vulnerable communities around the planet. However, this isn’t just a problem in far off countries. It impacts people in the District of Columbia now. While some wards in DC have one grocery store for approximately every 10,000 residents, Wards 7 and 8 have one grocery store for every 60,000 residents. While the long-term solution includes new grocery stores in underserved areas, the District needs creative solutions to connect residents to healthy food now. The DC Climathon is calling all innovators to help develop solutions to convenient quality food for underserved areas in the District.