Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco
CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline to Speak on Food Waste at Affiliate Event
This week marks the first Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The event commences on Wednesday, September 12, and concludes on Friday, September 14. You can follow along via live stream on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
The event will bring together leaders and citizens from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Speakers include world leaders, scientists, CEOs, city mayors, musicians, and celebrities. Representing California, you’ll hear from:
- California State Controller Betty Yee
- California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra
- Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols
- San Francisco Mayor London Breed
- Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti
- Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf
CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline will be speaking at an affiliate event on Wednesday called “More Feast, Less Footprint: New Goals and Progress Towards Wasting Less Food.” Director Smithline will discuss “Financing the Change.” You can livestream the event on Twitter via Periscope from the @PCCleads Twitter account, and a link will remain on the PCC Twitter feed for viewing after the broadcast concludes. The event starts at 1 p.m. on Sept.12, 2018, and Scott presents at 3:15 p.m.
Here are some additional details about the topics to be discussed, from the event website:
“The impacts of wasted food are truly jaw dropping—approximately one third of food around the world goes uneaten, giving wasted food a collectively larger carbon footprint than any single country other than the US and China.
“In fact, wasting less food is ranked the #3 solution for carbon impact by Project Drawdown—higher than building solar farms or planting trees. Addressing wasted food also reduces pressure on land and water resources and creates opportunities to relieve food insecurity. It is a global problem that touches everyone. Through collaborative actions across government and the private sector, we have an opportunity to address environmental, hunger, and climate change challenges.
“Actions to reduce wasted food are garnering rapid uptake both nationally and internationally. Learn about new goals and the latest progress in both government and the private sector.”
Food waste reduction is also part of a climate strategy to prevent waste disposal in landfills. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of food and yard waste (collectively known as organic waste) in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. When landfilled, organic waste emits methane gas, a short-lived climate pollutant 70 times more powerful than CO2. California recently enacted SB 1383, which mandates the diversion of 50 percent of currently landfilled food and yard waste by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025, using a 2014 baseline. The law also establishes a target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.
Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention and edible food rescue will benefit Californians who are unable to secure adequate, healthy food by diverting edible food to food banks and pantries, and help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed in California’s landfills.