Food leaders are de facto climate leaders: Let’s tell the world

University of Washington Medical Center_ food leaders.jpegThe University of Washington Medical Center achieved an 11.8 percent reduction
in greenhouse gas emissions after reducing the amount of meat they purchased and served.

Leaders will gather at the Global Climate Action Summit Sept. 12-14 in San Francisco. From 19 health systems joining the We are Still In movement and new opportunities at the intersection of food and climate, there has never been a better time to celebrate your facility’s accomplishments and take your food-climate commitments to the next level.

Food production accounts for one-quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the main cause of tropical deforestation. Production of animal-based foods accounts for two-thirds of agricultural GHG emissions, while plant-based foods generally have lower environmental impacts. Food waste accounts for 8 percent of GHG emissions.

If so, you are already helping to lead the charge against climate change, the greatest public health threat — and opportunity — of the 21st century.

Throughout the summit, we’ll be featuring the stories of climate leaders. As you attend events or participate in the Global Climate and Health Forum via livestream (starting at 8 a.m. PT Sept. 12), use our social media guide to share stories and photos about the work you have done and what you plan to do next. Tag @HCWithoutHarm and use the hashtags #ClimateChangesHealth and #GCAS2018 so we can amplify your message.

Stay tuned for more details about a groundbreaking new platform for hospitals, companies, universities, city governments, and others to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the food they serve. Details about the platform and an announcement from a leading health system committing to the platform will be revealed during the summit.

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