Climate Change

Climate Change Information from the WYN


Information from your Federation Climate Ambassador, keeping you up-to-date on how to improve your carbon footprint.

 Christine Tall c/o
WYFWI Climate Ambassador
Change Focus:Food - carbon footprint
Food Waste
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Change Focus

1.  Reducing the amount of meat eaten, especially beef, even by one meal per week will help reduce the levels of greenhouse gas emissions excreted by the animals. Meat & dairy are associated with much higher carbon emissions than plant-based foods.   
2.  Reducing the amount of wasted food in your household: One third of all food produced is wasted! Annually in the UK wasted food represents 14 million tonnes of carbon emissions equivalent to those created by 7 million cars.   
3.  Buying local, seasonal food will generally result in a lower footprint. Buying from abroad is not necessarily a bad thing if the food is grown in a sustainable way and traded fairly. Buy thoughtfully when you can.   
Food Waste   
1.  Food sharing is a new concept that is taking off globally. Search 'food sharing' or see   
2.  If you don't have a council food waste collection, composting at home is an option.   
3.  Recycling food waste via dedicated council collections is already mandatory in Scotland, NI and Wales but not in England. Current plans are for this to commence in 2023.   
Top Tips:
-->  Don't overbuy - shop smart and take a shelfie of your shelves and fridge before shopping.
-->  Plan ahead - how will you use leftovers? Treat best before and sell by dates as guidelines and love your freezer.

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Used inhalers can be returned to your local pharmacy for disposal. They are treated thermally to destroy greenhouse gasses and the plastics are recycled. For an information leaflet search for 'Breathe new life into your old inhalers'.   
The Big Leeds Climate Conversation website is now live and worth looking at even if you aren't a Leeds resident. It's a mass engagement campaign to develop a citywide plan for tackling climate change and encourages us to choose changes we can all make.   
If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the USA.   
Annually in the UK 10.2M tons of food is wasted and households are responsible for the majority - 70% or 7.1M tons equating to £145 Billion and most of this is avoidable and edible - 5M tons worth.   
Food waste recycled via anaerobic digesters creates energy and fertiliser. Currently only 1.8M tons is recycled, yet this creates energy for 200,000 homes worth £220M. Only 19% of councils in Yorkshire and the Humber offer food collection. Is yours one of them? Let me know. Let's encourage our councils to increase food waste collections.   

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Websites is a group of over 130 organisations including the WI, RSPB and the National Trust working together to protect the people and places they love from Climate Change effects. This website is full of information. is an easy to use tool to calculate your carbon footprint with information on how to reduce it. Try it and see what your carbon footprint is and let us know how you plan to lower it.   
You can find many tips and guidance on how to reduce food waste on lovefoodhatewaste,com is a food sharing app with your neighbours and local community. It encourages households, local shops and cafés to advertise their surplus food to prevent it being thrown away. explains how to home compost waste food. produces research and supports industry and local authorities, communities and organisations to reduce food waste.   

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