Climate, Environment, Health & Food Systems

Climate, Environment, Health & Food Systems

Vulnerable populations globally are impacted more frequently and more directly in their everyday lives from the impacts of climate change, despite them being the least responsible for causing it.

ESDO has a special focus on food systems change because 10 of the top 20 most impactful changes that can be made to reduce the speed of climate change are food system related (ref: Project Drawdown).

The war in Ukraine is just the next and most recent example of why fixing the food system will reduce inequality while also addressing climate change. 
Opportunities exist.

The issues of climate, environmental destruction, food systems and health are symbiotic, controversial and therefore difficult. While scientific consensus exists, social consensus is not yet here. At ESDO we believe we can help advance this change.

Our goals are focused on:

Systemic change to food systems through targeted research, awareness and behaviour change.

Support to vulnerable populations to adapt agricultural practices in deteriorating environments.

 The restoration of ecosystems, biodiversity and the stimulation of community and business activities to make this self-sustaining.




Food Systems

What we’re doing

ESDO’s Climate, Environment, Health and Food Systems Program is researching, designing, delivering and evaluating interventions to:

 Increase the research knowledge of agricultural practices that have the lowest environmental impact possible while still being viable in diverse contexts of both developed and developing countries.

 Business focused research to determine ways to assist high impact food system businesses to transition to lower environmental impact products and services, taking account of demand.

 Identify opportunities and effective methods to deliver consumer focused behavioural change campaigns to encourage consumers to transition to lower impact diets, purchases and lifestyle choices in developed countries.

 Increase the use of effective methodologies that reduce environmental damage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by evaluating projects and programs aiming to do this in the humanitarian aid and development sector.

ESDO Sustainability Policy

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ESDO’s Environmental Sustainability Policy & GHG Reduction Plan

Like all organisations, ESDO’s potential to impact the environment negatively is substantial.

ESDO views climate change as an existential crisis that disproportionately affects communities in less developed countries that are the least responsible for causing it.

At ESDO we believe we must do everything we possibly can to reduce our contribution to climate change.

Every decision we make has a carbon footprint.

We must therefore take our environmental impact into account when making every decision.

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