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Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

Worldwide, 25 million coffee farmers make it possible for 2.25 billion cups of coffee to be consumed each day. It's a $19 billion dollar industry relied upon by over 120 million people in more than 70 countries.

A recent report from The Climate Institute states rising temperatures and altering rainfall patterns brought on by climate change will apply enormous stress to this industry. Unless emissions are drastically reduced, “climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent by 2050.”

By 2080, climate change could render coffee extinct.

This means that 25 million coffee farmers—who hail from the equatorial environments where coffee can grow—could no longer support their families. This means that those reliant on coffee could become displaced, out of work, and seeking refuge. This means that, if we can't drastically slow climate change, the best way to combat this issue is to better fund the research of agricultural innovation. Without innovation, coffee won't survive—it won't be able to grow on mountain sides; it won't be able to withstand vicious pests that thrive off of the rising temperatures.

Without innovation, 120 million people could lose their livelihoods.

Sign below to request the reallocation of funds from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), so that agricultural innovation gives coffee and its farmers a fighting chance against climate change.

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To the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development:

Unless there soon comes a drastic reduction of emissions worldwide, climate change will devour one of our key global crops: coffee. Specifically, a recent report from The Climate Institute predicts that, at its current rate, climate change will cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent. They also project that 30 years from then, in 2080, wild coffee will officially become extinct.

If this happens without interjection, 120 million people in 70 countries reliant upon the $19 billion coffee industry could find themselves unable to make a living. We can't let this happen.

So I write to you today to help spark that interjection, to guide your attention to the 25 million coffee farmers who—in order to overcome the obstacles that come with shifting plantations up mountain sides; in order to maximize yield despite rising temperatures; in order to combat vicious pests that thrive with climate change—are in need of innovation they can't currently fund.

I write to you so that funds of the International Fund for Agricultural Development may be reallocated, and that innovative techniques for these farmers become IFAD's utmost priority. Without such a shift, these farmers and their families run the extreme risk of perishing with the crop whose demand they've lived off of for years—a scenario no one on this earth should face.

Thank you.


Petition Signatures

Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 12, 2018 Linda Tabb
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Kathy Mason
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 2, 2018 Carmen Blakely
Aug 2, 2018 Anne Havard
Aug 2, 2018 Rod Sutton
Aug 2, 2018 Stephen Baranowski
Aug 2, 2018 Sophie Fortier
Jul 20, 2018 Nancy Willetts
Jul 19, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 14, 2018 robert dowling
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 17, 2018 Heidi Steffy
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Karen Holmberg-Smith
Jun 8, 2018 Shannon Leitner
Jun 8, 2018 John Baughman
May 25, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 23, 2018 Candice C
May 21, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 15, 2018 Victoria Oakey
May 14, 2018 Karen Phillips
May 14, 2018 Alicja Bożek
May 12, 2018 Colleen Emerson
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 23, 2018 Deborah Brown
Apr 23, 2018 Marie Flanigan I would think between all Starbuck, Dunkin Donut and other coffee emploers, employees and customers this petition would have reached its limit!
Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 11, 2018 Pertti Veijalainen
Apr 10, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Judy McKinney
Apr 5, 2018 Mary Cook
Apr 5, 2018 Michael Pierce
Mar 29, 2018 Julie Hansen
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Marleen Neus
Mar 28, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson

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