Why Zero Food Waste Cities Are the Way to 2030 UN Climate Goals – B The Change

Written by Too Good To Go

Five years ago, the UN General Assembly set optimistic goals for the world of tomorrow. Covering everything from access to education to gender equality, these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also included a vision of halving global food waste at retail and consumer levels by 2030.

But as the five-year anniversary of this blueprint fast approaches, lofty ambition has not turned into action. Governments that produced their own plans in reaction to the SDGs have the power to create change for 50% of the world’s population if they act on them. However, a mere 12% are even measuring their food loss and waste, and a tiny 15% are taking real, scalable action.

So, where do we go from here?

One of the reasons tackling food waste can feel so difficult is its complexity. Each segment of society has specific and individual challenges. Develop a perfect system to save food in a kindergarten canteen and it’s unlikely to address the problem of composting in homes. This is made worse by a lack of ownership. National and international targets like the UN goals are important, but they can easily feel like someone else’s problem.

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By Jessica Yap-Chung
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