Did you know that climate change threatens chocolate? In fact, a 2011 study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) caused a stir when it suggested that chocolate may go extinct, and that production is expected to decrease noticeably by the year 2030, and the fate of the chocolate market beyond 2050 looks grim. The rising global temperature is expected to make the growing conditions inhospitable for the cocoa plants that produce chocolate in the western African countries who supply a large portion of the globe’s supply of chocolate.
Scientists and farmers are working hard on identifying how to maintain production as the world warms – such as selectively breeding varieties of cocoa that will withstand the rising temperature and trying out new cultivation methods. (Read more here.)
In the meantime, Great Rivers is working locally to address climate change – for the sake of chocolate, a favorite treat in the office, and for so many other reasons. Our Climate and Energy Program works to promote public health and to decrease carbon pollution by encouraging cleaner energy. Your support makes this possible.
On Sunday, May 6th, 2018, we will hold an event at the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory. By attending “Great Rivers at the Chocolate Factory,” you directly impact the local environment and public health – so not only do you get to come savor chocolate, but you’ll know you are helping to save it, too. For the love of chocolate, reserve your ticket today at: https://greatriverslaw.org/events/event-ticketing/