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What do you think about when you hear #climatechange?

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Oxfam volunteers take part in an Earth Day march to raise awareness about climate change. Photo: Liliana Rodriguez/Oxfam America

“When we start discussing who is affected by it, we can also start discussing solutions.”

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, Oxfam Action Corps volunteer Megan Nakra organized a Twitter chat on climate change, poverty, and hunger. Check out on the conversation below, along with Nakra’s explanation of what inspired her, then add your thoughts using the hashtag #OxfamEarth.

I thought of hosting a Tweet Chat for Earth Day to get our Action Corps members, Oxfam supporters, and our allies thinking about climate. When we start discussing what stems climate change, who is affected by it, and who is responsible, we can start discussing solutions.

I have never seen so much in the news about climate, whether from the IPCC, Washington Post, New York Times, Mother Jones, or other news sources. The realities of environmental stress can be felt here in the US, not just in poor countries where we watch events unfold over media. Starting a conversation, to educate and engage people, allows us to empower people (and ourselves as advocates) to act! And to act as one.

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    “A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy.” ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

    “As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.” Worldwatch Institute, “Is Meat Sustainable?”

    “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains… the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

    “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein

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