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Worker demand for sustainability: Edie reports on a new survey from SaveMoneyCutCarbon, that shows one in every five workers are refusing to apply for a job at a company that is unable to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, 14% of workers have felt the need to take sustainability into their own hands because their place of work is not addressing it. Employers who either aren’t articulating their approaches to sustainability well enough, or are simply ignoring it outright, are missing out on skilled and motivated workers to lead them through the Net Zero transition. [Edie]
Anger drives climate action: Thred highlights a new Norwegian study which found that anger is seven times more effective as a climate action motivator than hope. With 50% of the global population thought to feel angry about the causes of the climate crisis - most notably towards politicians and greedy corporations - there seems to be a recent drive in genuine, transformative change. As an example, in a world first, the people of Ecuador have just voted to stop oil drilling in the Amazon, making climate justice history. [Thred]
Restoring UK peatland: 87% of England’s peatlands are degraded, yet they contain more than half of the country’s terrestrial carbon stores. To that end, Defra have just announced that 35,000 hectares of peatlands are set to be restored across the UK. Edie sheds light on the new allocation of funding, with the Great North Bog set to benefit greatly - an area which covers roughly 90% of the upland peatlands in the North of England. [Edie]
Business Spotlight - LEGO
The LEGO Group has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while revealing its plans to increase investment in environmental sustainability by $1.4bn over the next three years. These new targets will feed directly into its new climate transition plan, to be published formally within the next two years. This commitment also expands on the brand’s current short-term climate goal of reducing emissions by 37% by 2032 from a 2019 baseline, a goal that has been endorsed by the Science Based Targets initiative. [Edie]
Cows exposed to climate change: Michelle North and her team have found that more than 1 billion cows around the world will experience heat stress by the end of the century if carbon emissions stay high and environmental protection remains low. Rising temperatures and humidity will force farmers to adapt by providing ventilation or even air conditioning for the animals, or switching to heat-adapted cattle breeds. But these measures will become increasingly expensive with future warming and will not be possible in all places, meaning the most viable way to secure the long term security for many farmers in developing nations is to reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible. [IOPScience]
“Fossil fuel subsidies reached a record high of $7trn - 7% of global GDP - in 2022, despite pledges from nations to scale back fossil fuel subsidies as part of climate plans.”Source: IMF
The Big Picture
The food and agriculture industry is at the heart of the climate crisis, generating around a third of man-made greenhouse emissions. And while the challenge of reducing its impact may seem beyond our grasp, it is one that we all have the power to tackle.
We believe that the solution lies in climate transparency. That’s why we’re equipping businesses with the means to evaluate and communicate the emissions of their products. This, in turn, means consumers are armed with credible, independent information, which can be used to make more sustainable choices.
We know that many people want to take climate action but lack the necessary tools and information to do so. We're confident that, armed with the right knowledge, everyone can and will do their bit to build a greener, more sustainable food system.