Sergi Arfelis Espinosa, researcher at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change of ESCI-UPF, attended COP27. In this second article, he shares his thoughts about the results and decisions made in Sharm El Sheikh.
Food security and sustainability expert Laura Batlle-Bayer, researcher at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, is attending one of the most influential events addressing the transformation of the food system: EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019.
Today, Stockholm is hosting the sixth annual EAT Food Forum. This two-day summit, organised by the Swedish non-profit EAT initiative, gathers the one-thousandth most influential experts in sustainable food system transformation.
The shared objective of the delegates, coming from science, politics, business, civil society and beyond – carefully selected to represent the brightest minds in the field – is to deliver actual solutions to fight the current global climate crisis. Laura Batlle-Bayer, researcher at the UNESCO Chair ESCI-UPF and leader of the Agrifood research line at the Chair, is one of them.
Food security is a serious issue and ranks as the top UN Sustainable Development Goals. With 800 million people suffering undernutrition in the world – nearly 1 in 10 -, one-third of all food produced goes to waste. To make things worse, the agricultural sector is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases and a major contributor to deforestation, both being the pillars of climate change.
What if the way we produce and distribute food around the world could be changed? What if sustainability and low emissions were the new driving forces? The one-thousandth summit in Stockholm will discuss how smarter planning and food production can help alleviate pressure on the ecosystems, the ultimate framework of our food system. The Chair, in line with its commitment, will continue introducing the life cycle perspective and the circular economy solutions to this challenge.
Sergi Arfelis, the researcher at the UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change of ESCI-UPF, was in Egypt from the 10th to the 18th of November as a COP27 observer. In this article, he warns about solving global warming as a zero-sum game, with one eye on the common good and the other on one's good.
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