Our end-of-year newsletter about COP28 is now available. Learn what Brighter Green did, and how food was on the agenda (finally) in the efforts to confront the climate crisis.
When Brighter Green first began attending UN climate “COP” summits in 2009 in Copenhagen, we faced a basic dilemma. When we raised the issue of animal agriculture or food, most responses we got from government negotiators, the staff of technical agencies, journalists, and even other NGOs were blank stares or a version of “Oh, so you want me to be a vegetarian?” Well, sure, but that question missed the point by many degrees. What we were drawing attention to was the fact that industrial animal agriculture needed to be part of mainstream climate policy because of the significant greenhouse gases (GHGs) it emits, along with its exploitation of domesticated animals as well as wild ones, forests, water, land, and far too many human communities, often on the frontlines of the climate emergency. That era, finally, is over and COP28 proved it, and we’re pleased that Brighter Green has played a part in this progress.
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