What We Do

Working within the time frame and structure of the Paris Agreement, the Alliance uses the collective impact of civil society organizations to support the inclusion of demand-side food solutions in climate action policies. The Alliance serves as a platform to:

  • Amplify the urgency of addressing food consumption trends to meet international climate commitments
  • Connect diverse individuals and organizations with a shared vision for a healthier, more climate-friendly global food system
  • Inform policymakers and businesses from the local to global level on the health and environmental co-benefits of supporting more plant-centric diets
  • Research and communicate evidence-based policies and practices that encourage dietary shifts
  • Build partnerships between civil society and representatives of government, business, and academia to elevate this critical issue across sectors
Alliance member organizations worked with the Nordic Food Policy Lab to host a discussion about food-based climate actions and policies at the May 2018 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Working Groups

Most Alliance actions are organized through topic-specific working groups.

  • The Sub-National Policy Working Group informs and supports municipal and institutional food purchasing, and other efforts to support the inclusion of demand-side food solutions in sub-national climate policies.
  • The International Policy Working Group organizes joint events and informational meetings with policymakers in key international policy spaces such the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of Parties (COP).
  • The Metrics Working Group brings together NGOs and academic institutions to discuss and share resources on life-cycle assessment (LCA) and global modeling data. The group aims create an agreed-upon methodology and set of metrics to consistently track and communicate the environmental benefits of shifts toward more plant-forward diets, especially within public and private sector food service.