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In just a few days, I will be traveling to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where Food Tank is helping to co-host programming for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27 – or, if you want to join me and others in Food Tanks, it’s #FoodCOP27.
We call it #FoodCOP27 because this conference, unlike any previous flagship UN climate summit, recognizes the power of food and food systems in the fight against climate change. Until this year, there had never been a food pavilion at a United Nations climate change conference. This week, there will be at least four.
Food and climate are closely linked. Food systems are responsible for almost a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. This means that food is one of the most urgent and powerful ways to tackle the climate crisis. According to WWF, growing crops in more efficient and regenerative ways, working with nature rather than against it, can help preserve habitats that naturally absorb carbon and mitigate emissions. Consumption too – choosing a plant-rich diet and reducing food loss and waste could help cut emissions by almost half compared to a business as usual approach.
When we ignore food systems, the climate suffers. People have been shining a light on the links between food and climate for generations, and it’s high time the UN and other organizations and governments around the world finally recognize this too. That’s why this #FoodCOP27 is so meaningful, and that’s why I hope you’ll join our movement. Become a member of the Food Tank today by CLICK HEREand keep reading to learn more about events you can attend wherever you are.
A quick note: if you will be in person at COP27 in Egypt, we look forward to seeing you. Please email our co-founder Bernard Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to a list of specific invitations to private events, receptions, dinners, and more.
A sneak peek at one of the exclusive events you can attend: We’re co-hosting three private screenings of the Rockefeller Foundation and Media RED documentary Food 2050. The film points a camera at 10 of the world’s most optimistic and daring visionaries seeking to heal the planet and our bodies – and then I host discussions with some of these innovators themselves, as well as a delightful reception hosted by celebrity chef Bobby Chin in collaboration with Resilient Cities Network and incredible speakers including food sovereignty advocates, doctors, policy makers and other leaders. These screenings are invite-only, so if you’ll be at the COP and want to be added to the list, let us know at email@example.com.
Wherever you are, here’s a look at some of the great lineups from Food Tank and our friends that we hope you’ll join for FREE:
Unlocking the potential of young farmers in sustainable and climate-resilient food practices. I’m so excited to kick things off with this chat at 9:00 a.m. EST (or 4:00 p.m., if you’re here in Egypt) on Thursday, November 10, which you can watch HERE. We will have the opportunity to speak with Arnold Puech d’AlissacWorld Farmers Organization (WFO); Khoushbou SewrajWFO; Xiye Bastide, Young Activist + Otomi-Toltec Indigenous Community; and Aisha Siddiqa, a Pakistani youth advocate for climate justice. This panel is co-presented by the FAO of the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation and the CGIAR, and I hope you will join us live HERE.
On valuing food and agricultural systems and creating meaningful climate/food solutions. Join us live at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (i.e. 3:00 p.m. here in Egypt) on Friday, November 11 HEREin the same way: Zitouni Ould DadaFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Jerome RemmersTAPP Coalition; Roy Steiner, The Rockefeller Foundation; Helena WrightJeremy Coller Foundation; Marc GoughCapitals Coalition; Jeremy CollerPaste Capital; Gunhild StordalenEAT Forum; Ertharine’s cousinFood Systems for the Future; Berry Martin, Rabobank; and I will moderate. Again, take tickets HEREand this live stream link is HERE.
On how scalable regenerative food systems can be a climate solution, from a live stream at 5:00 a.m. US Eastern Time (i.e. 11:00 a.m. Egypt) on Saturday, November 12. I will be hosting a session featuring Right Honorable Lord BenyonUK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Darci VetterNature conservation; Ezgi BarcenasAB InBev; Marilyn HersheyPennsylvania dairy farmer; Estrella Penunia-BanzuelaAsian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development; Purvi Mehta, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Fabio Luiz Guido, Itau Unibanco. We will stream it HERE.
On how nations can achieve both nutrient-dense food production AND climate policy goals, also on Saturday, November 12 – this one at 7:00 a.m. EST (or 2:00 p.m. in Egypt ), to which you can register by CLICK HERE.
People we’ll be chatting with include Martina FleckensteinWWF International; Saswati BoraNature conservation; Sarah FarleyThe Rockefeller Foundation; Lee RechtAleph Farms; Patty FongGlobal Alliance for the Future of Food; Million BelayAFSA; Greg GarrettNutrition Access Initiative; Josephine OkojieFood and Agriculture Writers Organization of Nigeria; Monica YatorIndigenous Women and Girls Initiative; Ertharine’s cousinFood Systems for the Future; David Brandesplanetary; Jillian SemaanKetchum; Michelle TigchelaarStanford University; Rania Al-MashatEgyptian Government; Hanneke FaberUnilever; Mansi Shah, Association of Self-Employed Women; and again, I will moderate. HEREis that registration link once again.
On large-scale and small-scale solutions to food loss and waste, which we will discuss on Wednesday, November 16. night owls, and we hope you’ll join us in watching the live stream HERE.
If you join us, you will hear: Pete PearsonWWF; Lisa Moon, The Global Network of Food Banks; Oliver Camp, Global Alliance for Better Nutrition; Keith AgoadaProducer Trust; Lasse Bruun, 50×40; Noah Nasali-Kadima, African Farmers’ Network; Desmond AlugnoaGreen Africa Youth Organization; Sarah FarleyThe Rockefeller Foundation; Dana OmranResilient Cities Network; Paul NewnhamAdvocacy Center for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2; Bobby Chinncelebrity chef; Earlene CruzKitchen Connection; Raphael PodselverProVeg International; Megan MorikawaIberostar Group; Richard SwannelWRAP; Maximo MazzoccoEco House Global; david jackson, to winnow; and I will moderate. If you are here in Egypt with us for this panel, let us know by REGISTER HERE.
On the transformation of value chains and the development of inclusive and fair markets, an important discussion will take place at 10:00. Egypt’s hour – another potentially early one; 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 17. join me and Didier ToubiaAleph Farms; Estrella Penunia-BanzuelaAsian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development; Chief Caleen SiskWinnem Wintu Tribe; Nico JanssenIKEA Foundation; Fabrice MurianaAssociate of the Instituto Regenera; Lasse Bruun, 50×40; Brent Loken, WWF; Gunhild StordalenEAT Forum; Naglaa Ahmed, Egyptian Biodynamic Association; and Andrea Erickson-Quiroz, Nature conservation. If you are in Egypt, register HERE to join us at the Food Systems Pavilion.
These are just a few examples of what we are proud to present at COP27 with WWF, the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Farmers Organization, the Good Food Institute and so many other inspiring colleagues. I hope you’ll check out the draft of Food Tank’s full calendar of events, which is constantly changing.HERE.
I will be in Egypt on behalf of not only a better food system, but also you and all Food Tankers around the world! During the COP, I will be sending you dispatches with previews of my notes from the day’s sessions, key quotes, articles, and more. Thank you for subscribing to this newsletter and please forward this message to your friends so they can also join the global conversation on food and climate at #FoodCOP27.
We can only do programs like this because of our global family of Food Tank members. If you are a member heading to Egypt for COP27, be sure to let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat at exclusive events and also keep me posted at email@example.com. And if you’re not a member yet, I really encourage you to sign up today at FoodTank.com/Join.
We cannot do what we do without YOU.
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