Climate Action Starts in the Kitchen with #Recipe4Change

A woman fires a fuel-efficient stove made in the Rwanda camp for internally displaced people (IDPs), near Tawila, North Darfur. UN Photo / Albert González Farran
A woman fires a fuel-efficient stove made in the Rwanda camp for internally displaced people (IDPs), near Tawila, North Darfur. UN Photo / Albert González Farran

As the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force this Friday, November 4th, famed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca are joining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund) to tackle climate change from a different perspective: sustainable cooking.

During the next three months, the Roca brothers will offer cooking challenges that invite social media users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to submit sustainable recipes (#Recipe4Change).

“Food should not be a threat to sustainability, but a source of more sustainable development,” according to the Roca brothers.

As UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors for the SDG Fund, the brothers have used this concept as a key part of their mission to fight poverty and promote sustainable development.

Given that one-third of the world greenhouse gas emissions emanate from agriculture, by adopting better practices linked to food production and consumption, everyone can impact their own health and that of the planet.

As part of the #Recipe4Change contest, the Roca brothers will pose a series of monthly challenges, selecting one winning recipe for each of these challenges.

At the end of the contest, the Rocas will recognize a global winner among all of the recipes received during the contest.

The winner will spend a day with the chefs in their restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, where they will have the opportunity to prepare the winning recipe in the Rocas’ kitchen and dine with the chefs.

Along with monthly sustainable food challenges, the Roca brothers will share regular tips and techniques to reduce the impact of cooking on the environment.

They will offer best practices and ideas designed to mitigate climate change as well as cooking methods that reduce energy consumption, water usage and enhance food preservation.

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