Reducing food waste
1.3 Billion tons of food is wasted globally each year. This translates into 3.3 Billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to 7% of annual global emissions or the total emissions generated by India (the 3rd largest driver of global emissions) in one year. In the United States alone, we waste 60 Million tons of food per year. This amount of wasted food is enough to fill 160 Empire State Buildings!
There are several reasons for food waste across the food production, distribution and consumption cycle. Further, the drivers of food waste are different in developed and emerging markets. In this exhibition, people will learn the key reasons for food wastage both in developed and emerging markets, and what actions they can take to:
1. Minimize food wastage
2. Feed millions of hungry people
3. Reduce unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions
Globally, livestock farming generates 7.1 Billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is equivalent to 14.5% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, and more than the total emissions generated by the United States (the 2nd largest driver of global emissions) in one year. The demand for animal-based food is expected to rise by 80 percent between 2006 and 2050, as nations urbanize and income levels rise. At this pace, livestock farming alone will soon generate 10 billion tons of emissions. It is therefore essential to shift our diets on a large scale.
Research has shown that a small decrease in meat and dairy consumption across a large population can have a very significant impact both on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving health and wellness of the population. By attending this exhibition, people will learn:
1. Why shifting diets is essential for meeting our global warming reduction goals
2. What actions they can take to shift their diets
3. How these actions will impact their health and the health of the planet
Every day, we brush our teeth first thing in the morning. Why do we do this? Perhaps because everybody we know does it or because we understand the consequences, but most importantly, because it is a habit. Every day, we make several other lifestyle choices from the amount of water we consume, the amount of toilet paper, paper towels or plastic products we use, the kinds of appliances we use, the types of lights we buy, and most importantly how we commute. Transportation alone, accounts for ~15-18% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
While each of our daily lifestyle choices has a huge impact on the environment, we don't always choose the most environmentally friendly options. Why? Perhaps because not everyone we know does it, or we don't understand the consequences, but most importantly, because it isn't a habit. In this exhibition, we will offer a Virtual Reality experience that will:
1. Enable the viewer to explore various lifestyle choices
2. Inform them of the environmental impact of these choices
3. Inspire them to form new habits that will drive behavioral changes at scale