We know that climate change is currently the greatest threat to our planet. And as UU’s, who believe in the interdependent web of all existence, we are called to do what we can to prevent the destruction of our Earth. But other than reducing our use of fossil fuels, what can the average American do?
One action we can take is to reduce our food waste. How can this significantly lessen greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Well, food waste in landfills produces large amounts of methane, which is a 25 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide! And “according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 30 percent of food is wasted globally across the supply chain, contributing 8 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.” (Frischmann, Chad, Project Drawdown)
Reducing food waste is an easy way to make a difference in our fight against climate change, not to mention a way to save money! For ways to reduce your household food waste, please check out UUCC’s Climate Change webpages, in particular Climate Action at Home.