IWJV Management Board Chair, Pat O’Toole, and his wife, Sharon, will be headed to Glasgow, Scotland in early November to share their ideas and experiences on agriculture and climate change with world leaders, including President Joe Biden and other top White House officials. The O’Tooles will be talking about food security, agricultural production, and climate change adaptation at the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
As part of the Solutions from the Land network, the O’Tooles are at the heart of the discussion about how to feed the world’s 10 billion people and keep our natural resources healthy and productive enough to do so. They are traveling to Scotland as part of a small farmer/rancher delegation that includes A.G. Kawamura, a strawberry farmer from southern California who was California’s Secretary of Agriculture, 2003-2010, and Fred Yoder, a corn grower from Ohio and renowned leader in the climate-smart agricultural movement. This work with Solutions from the Land earned Pat and Sharon O’Toole credentialed invitations to share their experiences and knowledge in virtual and in-person events associated with COP 26 and the ongoing workshop of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. The O’Tooles are sharing their understanding of agriculture’s role in ensuring food security while scaling up practices that increase resilience and sustainable agricultural production as needed to address climate change.