Putting food at the heart of the climate debate

As the eyes of the world turn to COP26, Lancaster City Council has signed the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration.

The declaration is an international commitment to tackle the climate emergency through integrated food policies and a call on national governments to take urgent action.

It recognises that food systems currently account for around one third of global emissions and that transforming the way the food we eat is produced, transported and consumed, has a huge role to play in tackling climate change.

Councillor Caroline Jackson, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “Food accounts for one third of global greenhouse gas emissions so must be at the forefront of the climate debate.

“COP26 provides a unique opportunity to bring the reform of food systems to the forefront and accelerate the development of integrated food policies.

“Doing so will not only bring benefits for biodiversity, access to sustainable and healthy diets for all, and the creation of resilient livelihoods for farm and food workers.

“It is time for national governments to heed this call and develop solutions. For its part, the city council has long been a supporter and partner of the Lancaster District Food Poverty Alliance, which does such excellent work in addressing food poverty in the district.

“But we must go further and faster and by signing up to the Glasgow agreement we are signalling our intent and commitment to tackling this important issue.”

For more information on the Glasgow Declaration visit www.glasgowdeclaration.org.

Last updated: 08 November 2021