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Food system transformation showcased at COP27

News Section Icon Published 05/10/2022

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This November, we’re joining forces with over 20 organisations – including ProVeg International, Food Tank, FOUR PAWS, IPES-Food and A Well-Fed World – to host a pavilion dedicated to highlighting the urgent need for food system transformation at COP27 in Egypt.

The role of food in climate change has never been so important, with the Food4Climate Pavilion one of the first pavilions dedicated solely to food system change. Without fixing our food system it will not be possible to tackle the growing climate emergency so the pavilion will highlight the urgent need for world leaders to take action, before it’s too late.

World leaders gather to fight climate change

From 6th to 18th November, delegates from nearly 200 UN member states will attend COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh to agree measures to address the climate crisis.

Along with our partners, we’ll be hosting daily talks and presentations at the Pavilion on issues relating to the role food plays in climate change. We want to focus significant attention on the vital need to transform the way we produce, consume and waste food in order to avert a climate disaster.

Food system change crucial to hit climate targets

The UN has set ambitious climate targets for world leaders – including the Paris Agreement which commits members to strive towards the target of 1.5°C as a maximum global temperature rise.

Science shows that these climate targets will not be met without urgent food system change including shifting away from animal-sourced foods, adopting agroecological practices, and reducing food loss and waste. The global food system is currently responsible for a third of greenhouse gas emissions, but animal-based foods emit twice as much CO2 as plant-based foods.

Debbie Tripley, our Global Director of Campaigns and Policy, who will be attending COP27 commented: “Without urgent action by world leaders to fix the global food system we won’t tackle the climate emergency. We have to phase out industrial animal agriculture, shift to nature and climate-friendly farming systems, and reduce the overconsumption of animal-sourced foods. This is the only way we will provide a global food system that is fair and benefits animals, people and our planet.”

Find out more

Read more about the Food4Climate pavilion and the schedule of events.


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