People fleeing floods in India, August 2012. Photo: Oxfam

Food and climate justice: Open letter from chefs, activists, musicians

Today, the world’s top scientists published a devastating report on the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is already making it harder for millions to feed their families. Wild weather and unpredictable seasons are causing chaos for farmers. Food prices are going up. Food quality is going down.

Oxfam calculates climate change could put the fight against hunger back by decades. If we continue to let greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures rise we will hit a threshold – in our own lifetimes - beyond which the chance of ending hunger worldwide may be lost forever.

We will not stand by and watch this happen.

People all over the world are doing their bit to tackle climate change. Now governments and big business need to step up and play their part: reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, helping farmers adapt to changing weather, and ensuring there’s enough good food for everyone.

If we act together, and if we act now, we can stop climate change causing hunger and ensure our children and our grandchildren will always have enough to eat.

Join with us at


Raymond Blanc
Chef, United Kingdom

Helena Christensen
Photographer, USA

Ilaria D'Amico
Journalist, Italy

Livia Firth
Activist, United Kingdom

Anna Friel
Actor, United Kingdom

Sheherazade Goldsmith
Designer, United Kingdom

Dolf Jansen
Media Host, Netherlands

Angelique Kidjo
Musician, USA

Baaba Maal
Musician, Senegal

Mairead Corrigan Maguire
Activist, Northern Ireland

Claus Meyer
Chef, Denmark

Dave Myers
Chef, United Kingdom

Robert Oliver
Chef, New Zealand

Simon Pegg
Actor, United Kingdom

Sylvana Simons
Media Host, Netherlands

Dame Vivienne Westwood
Designer, United Kingdom

Thom Yorke
Musician, United Kingdom

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