Slow Food @ COP26
WE DEMAND THAT FOOD BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE, NOT ONE OF ITS ROOT CAUSES.
From 31 October to 12 November 2021, world leaders met in Glasgow for the latest edition of the United Nations international summit on climate change: the COP26!
Slow Food of course attended this major climate conference, and participated to various events!
Missed out on the COP26? No worries! We summed it up for you: read our press releases!
Also, if you haven’t watched it yet, check out the replay of the New York Times Climate Hub session on food and agriculture: “Winning the Race: How to Cut Food Waste”, where you’ll hear about Slow Food’s vision throught its vice President’s voice, Edie Mubiki.
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Slow Food’s Requests at the COP26
Our current food system is broken. Slow Food believes that one way to fight and prevent climate change is to move away from industrial agriculture and towards diversified agroecological food systems.
Agroecology, Climate Neutrality, Fair Food Production.
In more details, this is what we advocate for:
- We call for food and agriculture to be given the prominence they deserve in the final indications of COP26. Food production is responsible for 26% of CO2 emissions.
- We advocate for agroecology in agriculture and farming to be recognized as a central tool to protect biodiversity. Agroecology integrates science with economic, social, and ecological systems.
- We advocate for climate neutrality to be met by 2050.
- We advocate for a food system that is low-energy, low waste and supports small-scale producers and short supply chains, and for COP 26 to clearly indicate how we will reach it.
- We call for an action plan to significantly reduce and improve the production and consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs, and to halve food waste by 2050.
Read our full climate pledge
For more info and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Slow Food International Press Office
Paola Nano – [email protected] (+39) 329 8321285
Alessia Pautasso – [email protected] (+39) 342 8641029
What is COP26?
COP26 is the United Nations conference on climate change of 2021. For almost three decades the UN has brought together almost all the countries on earth for the global climate summits – called COP – or “Conference of the Parties”.
During these summits, participating countries work together towards reaching an agreement on how to tackle climate change.
This year the 26th annual summit will be held, hence the name COP26. COP26 will be chaired by the United Kingdom which will host it in Glasgow.
For more information on COP26, check out the official website.
Why is COP26 important?
In the past decades, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to becoming a global priority. On October 26, 2021, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) published its Emissions Gap Report, which claims we are on track for a 2.7°C global temperature rise by the end of this century. This is almost double the desirable upper limit to global temperature rise set out in the Paris Agreement, which aimed to limit the increase to just 1.5°C.
COP26 is not just any international summit. We are now in a situation of extreme climate and environmental urgency, and we can no longer wait to act.
What about food and climate?
Our current food system is broken. We are not talking about just any food system, but the industrial polluting agri-food system that has been prevalent in our societies since WWII. As well as being responsible for one third of all global emissions, it is also the biggest driver of biodiversity loss, threatening tens of thousands of species.
But the biter being bit, agriculture, particularly small-scale farming, is also a victim of climate change. Across the world, more and more farmers must deal with devastating droughts interrupted by flash floods and travel way longer to find water for their animals. Rising sea levels are threatening the survival of fishing communities, the acidification of oceans is making them hostile to life and every day sees more biodiversity loss and unstoppable desertification.
As part of its Climate Action Initiative, Slow Food has concocted a tailor-made programme of three training sessions. Didn’t have time to attend? No worries! You can watch the replays!
Food and Climate Emergency – the problem and the solution
What is COP26 and why does it even affect me?
Good, Clean & Fair World – how to set up a Food & Climate Advocacy project