As the world’s biggest economies meet at this weekend’s G7 Summit, there is strong pressure for ambitious action to tackle the climate emergency and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Here, WRAP’s CEO, Dr Marcus Gover, argues this will not be possible without radical transformation of the world’s food supply chain
The UK rejoiced as pubs, restaurants and venues welcomed back the public in an important symbolic sign of a return to some kind of normal following a year we will never forget. We ask WRAP’s Special Advisor for Hospitality and Food Service, Eleanor Morris, to reflect back and look forward to how sustainability will be top of the menu for the sector as it recovers from the toughest time it has faced in living memory.
WRAP welcomes today’s communique from G7 Climate & Environment ministers. Like them, we are committed to helping the world reach Net Zero and combat climate change. Like them, we know that we won’t achieve this if we don’t tackle food waste.
The carrier bag charge of 5p has resulted in a significant reduction in bag use. Carrier bags are no longer dished out like sweets and more of us own reusable bags and use the same bags over and over for our regular shops. And, the blight of littered carrier bags seems to have fallen, from the looks of my local neighborhood anyway. But sales of so-called ‘bags for life’ appear to be on the increase with many people treating them like disposable bags, and citizens are confused by what the right thing to do is with the variety of options on offer. Should we click thumbs up to paper or biodegradable bags rather than standard plastic? What is the best solution when it comes to the environment?
There are two key realities about ‘net zero’ that we should all have got hold of by now. One is that there is no silver bullet – many kinds of actions are needed on many fronts. The other is that low carbon lives must be better lives, if we are to achieve comprehensive buy-in to what will be an extraordinary transformation.
Over the last (bizarre) year, Drag Race has been my own personal form of escapism – an hour a week of complete joy, drama, and extravagance. Beyond the glitz and glamour, there’s a lot we can learn from drag queens: in particular, about loving our clothes.
A landmark report produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with WRAP has shed a light on the true scale and prevalence on global food waste. Here the co-authors Dr Tom Quested and Hamish Forbes at WRAP and Clementine O’Connor at UNEP talk about the importance of their findings and their optimism for a meaningful solution to a problem we can no longer ignore.
Climate change is bringing with it a host of new, rapidly developing challenges. However, amongst these, the ‘old’ issues persist, and in some cases are even exacerbated by climate change. One of these is gender inequality.
It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a year since the UK’s first lockdown began, and since then we have all learned a lot – about ourselves, other people, the virus, and our own ability to adapt.
Personally, I’ve learned that I can just about balance working full time with entertaining a toddler and a one-year-old. Professionally, WRAP has learned just how resilient the UK population can be, especially when it comes to managing our food.
It is reasonable to expect that the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may have put public motivation to tackle climate change on the back burner.
Not so, according to a new survey which hit the headlines recently. From over a million respondents, across 50 countries, more than two-thirds agreed that climate change is a global emergency, requiring an urgent response.